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Teachers in stir mode

Delay in provincialization of services

SHILLONG: To vent their ire against the “adamant” attitude of the powers-that-be towards their various demands, the teachers deficit and ad hoc schools under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee of All Teachers’ Association in Meghalaya (JACATAM) have called a  three-day  dharna in the state from July 27.
Announcing this, the JACTAM chairman ED Nongsiang informed that the decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the organization held here on Saturday.
The teachers would stage a zonal level and unit level dharna on July  27  and July 28 respectively followed by a district-level demonstration on July  29, he said.
He said that for the last three years the JACATAM has been demanding provicialisation of the services of over 14, 000 teachers working at 4500 government aided schools under ad hoc, deficit system and deficit pattern.
“The government has failed to respond to our demands,” he said adding “provincialization will ensure equal pay for equal work”.
It is learnt that the proposal for the provincialisation of services of teachers working in the Government-aided schools has been taken up at the Government level.
Nongsiang said, “Based on the report of two Action Committees constituted by JACATAM, we have decided to stage the first phase of agitation against the government’s adamant attitude to provincialize the services of the teachers.”
Making it clear that the schools will remain open during the days of agitations, he said, “If government fails to invite the teachers for talks, we will be compelled to launch our second phase of agitation.”

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