Adhoc teachers unhappy with HRDD ignoring CM’s directives

Gangtok, 16 Jan:

The All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers and Temporary Employees Association [ASATTEA] today reiterated its demand seeking continuation of their service as adhoc teachers. The association has also demanded that the Human Resource Development Department follow up on the three announcements made by the Chief Minister on 23 November 2018 in the interest of adhoc teachers.

Addressing a press conference here, an executive member of ASATTEA, Yogesh Sharma, informed that the CM had announced that there was no need to renew the service of adhoc teacher every year and that their appointments should continue uninterrupted, that the services of those adhoc teachers who fulfil NCET norms be regularised and that reservation be set aside for adhoc teachers in new hirings.

“While enquiring about the same at a recent meeting with HRDD Principal Secretary on 10 January, we learned that the department has not taken any steps on these announcements of the CM,” he said.

He further informed that the government was regularising the services of 4,312 adhoc employees of different departments who have completed five years of service, but there was not a single adhoc teacher included in this list.

Mr Sharma claimed that there were 3,500 adhoc teachers in the State and some of them have been working for more than 21 years now.

He added that HRDD had assured to hold interviews for teacher appointments, but no steps have been taken towards it.

He claimed that more than 80% of the adhoc teachers fulfill NCET norms but the department has not conducted the interview since 2014.

“We are not asking for all of us to be regularized, but our demand with the department is to make rules and norms for adhoc teachers which will help us to get regularised on seniority basis. At present, we are working on ‘No Work, No Pay’ basis and our future is uncertain,” Mr Sharma said.

He also informed that many candidates have been appointed as teachers under the One Family One Job scheme.

“As per the announcement of the government these teachers under OFOJ will be regularised after five years then it will be injustice to us to still struggle for our regularisation even after working for so many years,” he said.

Mr Sharma stated that the association has decided to convene meetings at different blocks of the State to discuss the matter and take a collective decision on the future course of action.