Gangtok, 24 Jan:
All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers and Temporary Employees Association has demanded an early resolution of their demands which includes regularisation of 4,312 teachers who meet the regularisation criteria of having served for five years and above.
Addressing a press conference here today, executive member Yogesh Sharma informed they had met the Chief Minister last year and that the CM had recommended their case for resolution to the HRDD but the Department has not paid any heed to the recommendation.
They also took out a rally in Gangtok today pressing for the same demand.
Other demands of the association include 50 to 60% relaxation for teachers who have served on adhoc basis in other government service recruitment.
The protestors also presented a memorandum enumerating their demands to Special Secretary, DR Subba, HRDD.
Excecutive member Rajesh Dahal informed that they have given a three-day ultimatum to the Department to resolve their issues or face a dharna and a rally on 29 January.
After the rally, if their demands still remain unresolved, they plan to proceed to Delhi with their protest and if even that does not help, take legal recourse.
The teachers have stated that they fail to understand why the department is not following up on what the Chief Minister has instructed them to do.
Furthermore, the teachers also plan to organize an all-party meeting with NGOs, student groups and related stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on their demands and concerns.