Adhoc teachers receive some concessions, want more

Regularisation demand remains unresolved, dharna to continue

Gangtok, 29 Jan:

All Sikkim Adhoc Teachers Association & Temporary Employees Association had a meeting with the Human Resources Development Department Minister, Secretary and officials here at the HRDD head office today after having descended in large numbers at the HRDD office to press for their demands of regularization, continuation of service and reservation in government employment.

Although the protestors received some assurances from the Department, they are not completely satisfied yet and their demonstration at the HRDD office is expected to continue.

Meanwhile, according to the adhoc teachers, the department has agreed to issue them appointment letters covering the entire year – 01 Jan to 31 Dec. Earlier, the teachers would get appointment letters covering only the academic sessions leaving them without a salary during the winter holidays.

On the demand for 50% reservation for adhoc teachers in all government employment, the Department has assured that 30 to 50 percent will be reserved for the adhoc teachers, it is informed.

The services of temporary teachers appointed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will also continue, the department conceded.

What remains up in the air, as per the protesting teachers, is the reason or fairness of salaries of SSA teachers being reduced from Rs 10,000 to Rs 7,000 per month.

The protesting teachers are also demanding that all of them who meet the educational qualifications required for regular teachers be absorbed into service, while those who lack the qualifications be retained in service in the temporary status and the Department formulate a policy by which their services can be regularized on a pre-scheduled timeline.

There is no clarity yet on how this demand is being addressed and the protesting adhoc teachers remain unconvinced, arguing why, when services of temporary employees in other departments can be regularized should they remain denied.

The protesting teachers inform that the CM's assurance that temporary teachers who have served for five years and more will be regularised has been clearly rejected by the Department.

"We fail to understand why they can’t implement what the CM has assured," said the protestors.

They have stated that such a protest became necessary when the government did not pay any heed to the ultimatum served by them.

The adhoc teachers, it may be recalled had taken out a protest rally in Gangtok on 24 Jan and served a 5-day ultimatum to the Department to address their demands.

Till the time of filing this report, the protestors were still at the head office, insistent that till a concrete assurance was received from the Department, they will continue their demonstration inside the head office.

They are also demanding that a Temporary and Adhoc Regularisation Act be passed in the legislative assembly in the upcoming session.