Gangtok, 06 Feb:
The All Sikkim Adhoc & Temporary Employees Association [ASATEA] has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the second meeting of the committee instituted by the Human Resource Development Department to look into the demands of adhoc teachers. The meeting was held here at the HRDD head office today.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, ASATEA members informed that after thorough discussions and deliberations at the meeting, the department agreed to endorse and forward demands raised by the adhoc teachers to the Chief Minister for approval.
A large number of adhoc teachers had turned out again at the Tashiling Secretariat to await the outcome of the meeting. Upon conclusion of the meeting with the department, the association members sat in another meeting with adhoc teachers at Chokasum Hall in Namnang and appraised them of the outcome.
Speaking to media persons, an ASATEA executive member, Yogesh Sharma, informed that the association had submitted all related data, reference cases and documents to the department during the first meeting of the committee.
He added that today’s meeting also discussed Sikkim Service Rules, related Supreme Court verdicts and other issues.
“Finally, the department has given a positive response to all our issues and is ready to recommend our demands to the CM by tomorrow for final approval,” he said.
Mr Sharma mentioned that the department has taken the issue of the regularisation of qualified teachers and those who have been in service for five years or more in the first phase.
On the continuation of service without any breaks, he stated that the department stated that if the continuation is given for a long time, it would create “havoc” for the department. Hence, the teachers were offered continuation of service in two-year blocks provided the teachers acquired the required qualifications in these two years following which the department would regularise their services as well, he informed.
He stated that after agreeing to these two issues, the third demand seeking reservation in government employment became immaterial since there would be no adhoc system left hence there was no need for the reservation.
“For the required qualification, teachers need to get a B.Ed. degree from an NCT recognised university. On the same, we have urged the department to write to the HRD Ministry to make a provision for teachers to pursue B Ed from IGNOU since distance learning for B Ed has been discontinued since 2017,” Mr Sharma said.
He added that the association has also requested the department for one time relaxation in the roster system of the government to immediately start the regularisation process.
He informed that issues of commerce and physical education teachers were also discussed in the meeting and received a positive response from the department.
Mr Sharma informed that the department will be providing the minutes of the meeting tomorrow to the association. “The Department has informed that many adhoc teachers have already been absorbed in service under the One Family, One Job scheme of the government. So on the same, we have agreed to help the department prepare the exact data of adhoc teachers and the list of trained and untrained teachers,” he said.
On behalf of teachers, the association has thanked the department for the positive response.
“We are very hopeful that the CM will take our issue seriously and bring out an immediate solution in our interest,” he said. He added that the regularisation process will start immediately with the approval of the CM. The association has also urged all adhoc teachers to immediately provide the required data to the department.