GANGTOK, 18 Feb: Aggrieved members of All Sikkim Adhoc & Temporary Employees Association [ASATEA] came out on the National Highway on Monday to press their demands. The vehicular traffic gets disrupted for hours when adhoc teachers sat on the highway when they stopped by the police here at Sisa Golai. Adhoc teachers finally dispersed at around 5:30 in this evening on getting the assurance from the officials of Human Resource Development Department.
Adhoc teachers started a rally on their demands from Deorali this morning. Although the police have tried to stop the rally at different locations but aggrieved adhoc teachers keep moving ahead and finally the police stopped them at Sisa Golai. The vehicular traffic gets disrupted when Adhoc teachers sat on the national highway. However, the police managed to divert the vehicular traffic from Nam Nang Road and Arithang Road.
The senior police officials and District Collector [East] came on the spot and appeals adhoc teachers to clear the highway. The vehicular traffic at the national highway was totally disrupted for around two hours but later on the police managed to clear some area for the movement of the vehicles. Later on, HRDD officials also reached the spot and gave assurance on their demands but adhoc teachers stand still on their demand on the written notification on their demands.
After sometime, DC [East] readout the notification sent by the department to adhoc teachers. The notification reads, “The government has deemed its expedient to consider the demands of adhoc teachers of government schools of Sikkim for service regularisation and extension of adhoc services in public interest. Now, therefore, the government is pleased to decide that services of those adhoc teachers who have completed five years of un-interrupted service and are qualified as per NCTE norms will be regularised after the scrutiny of their documents and others formalities as my be required in line with the NCTE norms. The government is further please to extend the adhoc service of existing adhoc teachers for a period of two years and regular appointment whichever is earlier, in public interest and to ensure that the functioning of the school is normal and regular.”
However, adhoc teachers expressed their dissatisfaction on the notification. They stated that the notification was not so clear and not properly specified for all adhoc teachers. They asked the department to write in the simple language and not diplomatic. They also asked the department to properly explain the word ‘un-interrupted’ in the notification. On the same, they alleged that the notification was just to mislead adhoc teachers as adhoc teachers have to renew their service every year. They also informed that the association asked for the permission of the rally on Saturday to the administration but no permission grant to for the rally.
Later in the evening, HRDD officials again visited the spot and gave assurance to take out the regularisation order on 20 February.
Representatives of the association informed that adhoc teachers finally dispersed from the spot after HRDD officials to take out the regularisation order on 20 February. “We will go to the HRDD on 20 February and if this would a false assurance again then we will take our movement more aggressively and more will join our movement,” they said. They also stated that adhoc teachers will have a meeting tomorrow to discuss the future strategies.