Vocation education teachers' protest termination via email

Gangtok, 21 Jun:

Representatives of Vocational Education Teachers working under SIBin Groupin different Government schools of Sikkim today spoke out against the termination of 556 vocational education teachers. According to them, the teachers were informed about the termination of their services through email and not through an official letter.

In a press conference held today at the Press Club of Sikkim, Gangtok, one of the representatives, Vishal Rai said, “We were informed about the termination through email which we feel is not an official way and totally invalid."

They informed that they have been just receiving verbal assurances from Human Resource Development Department and SIBin.

The representatives also informed that they had met the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling during the recently held Jan SamparkAbhiyan at Mamring near Rangpo on 18 April and Saramsa Garden near Ranipool on 05 June. The CM had given positive assurances of looking into the matter, they added.

“The CM had also forwarded our letter of grievances to Principal Secretary HRDD and we were again given verbal assurance by him that the matter will be solved within 10 days but till date we haven’t received any official assurance from HRDD or SIBin,” said PrathamChettri.

It is informed that a meeting will be held on 22 Junebetween the HRDD, SIBin and the representatives of vocational education teachers. During the meeting, the teachers will place their 3-point demand to the HRDD and SIBin. If their demands are not met, the teachers will go on an indefinite strike in Gangtok, they informed.

Thedemands are: no re-interview of all existing faculty working for more than 10-13 years; salary hike, yearly increment and bonus; and posting in existing posts and school.

The representatives also submitted their memorandum to Legal Advisor to Chief Minister,K T Gyaltsenand AdministrationIncharge, SDF,DevGurungand received positive response, they informed.

“We are looking forward to the meeting on 22 June and expecting a solution to our genuine demands. If the meeting is not fruitful, then we will sit for next meeting with HRDD and SIBIN on 25 June. Even after that if we don’t arrive at a solution then all teachers will go on indefinite strike,” said Vishal Rai.