GANGTOK, 30 Jan:
The committee constituted by Human Resource Development Department to look into the demands of adhoc teachers will hold its first meeting on 01 Febat the HRDD conference hall. The State government has constituted a 15-member committee headed by HRDD Special Secretary, BR Subba and having HRDD officials along with07 representatives from All Sikkim Adhoc& Temporary Employees Association [ASATEA] as members to look into the demands of adhoc teachers and submit a report within 15 days.
The meeting was announced today after adhoc teachers again gatheredinfront of the HRDD head-office today demanding that the committee should meet as soon as possible.
Following a long meeting with HRDDD Minister and officials on Tuesday, the adhoc teachers had said that they were not completely satisfied with the meeting.
Speaking to Summit Times, an ASATEA representative said, “Among various decisions taken by the department in yesterday’s meeting, adhoc teachers are unhappy with the decision of given extension to existing adhoc teachers in the new academic session till the posts are filled up by regular appointment.”
The meeting had decided that 68 existing adhocphysical education teachers [PETs] would be absorbed as per their eligibility in the appropriate level of cadre since there are 82 posts lying vacant. For HRDD teacher, the meeting decided there will be no break in adhoc teachers’ salary, the ratio of reservation for weightage to adhoc teachers would be from 30% to 50% and all the existing adhoc teachers will be given extension in the new academic session till the posts are filled up by regular appointment.
Likewise, under SamagraShiksha [SS], salaries of SSA employees downgraded to Rs 7,000 from Rs 10,000 would be restored, the pre-PAB gap in the salary will be paid and absorption of eligible SSA employees in nominal roll is under process.
The adhoc teachers have objected to extension to existing adhoc teachers in the new academic session till the posts are filled up by regular appointment. This should be ruled out and every adhoc teacher should be given continuation until they are regularized with the help of some rule so that the adhoc system is ultimately ended, they said.
They also stated that delaying discussions would hamper studies as schools are reopening from 01 Feb.
“We are concerned for students and do not want any student to suffer due to delay in the work of the department. So we want the department to immediately find a solution for us otherwise our movement will also be joined by students and members of civil society,” they said.
They stated that the Chief Minister has already assured to solve all issues of adhoc teachers but the department is not taking the decision of the CM seriously. They demanded that the department immediately take action on issues concerning 3600 adhoc teachers of Sikkim.