The All Nagaland Hindi Teachers Union (ANHTU) held its second phase agitation on March 10 by picketing the DEO and SDEOs across the districts in Nagaland State.
The 1379 Hindi teachers under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) have been working without any salary for 9 months. It may be noted that their first phase agitation, which entailed the teachers wearing black badges, was held on March 8.
The Union had already served an ultimatum to the Department of School Education to release the salaries of the CSS Hindi Teachers by March 7.
“Several rounds of meetings were held this year as well as last year, but we have not received any positive response,” informed Kekhrieneilie Tsikhano, President, ANHTU Kohima Unit expressing that all the teachers are undergoing numerous problems because of non-payment of salaries.
“We are really suffering. We hope that the DEOs and SDEOs will convey our plight to the higher authorities,” said Tsikhano. The Kohima Unit picketed the SDEOs and DEOs in Tseminyu, Chiephobozou and Kohima. The third phase of agitation will be held on March 15 where the teachers will picket the Directorate of School Education at 9:00 am.
According to the Convenor CSS Hindi Teacher, Mhonthung Lotha, the teachers decided to hold the silent protest to show resentment against the department for failure to release the pending salary despite several appeals.
The Convenor also demanded that department should release the 9 months worth of salary along with arrear at the earliest and added that salary should be paid on monthly basis, while the teachers should be absorbed by the School Education Department since they will be completing five (5) years of continuous service by March 31, 2017.
Source: Morung Express