GANGTOK, 01 FEB:
The first meeting of the committee constituted by Human Resource Development Department [HRDD] to look into the demands of adhoc teachers was held here at HRDD conference hall today. The meeting between HRDD officials and representatives of All Sikkim Adhoc& Temporary Employees Association [ASATEA] lasted for around two and a half hours. During the meeting, adhoc teachers in hundreds gathered at Ridge Road and eagerly waited for the outcome of the meeting.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, ASATEA members mentioned that the departmental officials have given positive response to all demands and issues placed in the meeting. They informed that the department has assured to work on these demands.
“We have mainly placed three demands of adhoc teachers in the meeting. Our first demand was the regularisation of competent teachers and those teachers who have worked for five years and above as per a State government notification,” they informed. Likewise, the second demand is the continuation of service without any break with full salary and the third demand is 50% reservation in employment in all government departments according to seniority.
“We mainly discussed these issues in the meeting and the department officials also placed their issues. They have noted down all our issues and given positive response to take these demands to higher authorities,” it is informed. It has been informed that HRDD will be giving minutes of today’s meeting to the association on Saturday.
“After getting minutes of the meeting, we will see whether the department will take our demands seriously and then we will further discuss our demands and issues in the next meeting scheduled to be held on 06 Feb,” they stated.
ASATEA members have also submitted supporting documents to the department during the meeting. “We are still working on getting more supporting documents from other States to place in the upcoming meeting. We want all our issues to be resolved in the upcoming second meeting of the committee as we are not in favour of holding further meetings,” they said.
They added that the department has assured full support to adhoc teachers and to take the matter to higher authorities.
ASATEA also raised the issue that heads of different schools have been askingadhoc teachers to join the school immediately or face consequences. On the same, the association has urged heads of schools not to pressurize teachers and to cooperate with them.
“We, executive members are just a medium but it is the collective decision of adhoc teachers not to join duty until the matter is resolved fully,” they said. Schools across the State reopened for the new academic session today.