DIMAPUR, Sept 16 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya on Wednesday has appealed to the unpaid and aggrieved teachers under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) who are on agitation to withdraw their strike in the interest of the students.
The Governor has also directed the Nagaland Government to address the grievances of the teachers expeditiously by releasing their pending salaries so that they could perform their duties without further delay.
The teachers employed under the central flagship programme RMSA in Nagaland have not been paid their salaries along with arrears for the past six months. The unpaid and aggrieved teachers under the banner of Nagaland RMSA Teachers� Association 2013 launched their agitation on August 21 by boycotting classes in their respective schools which is greatly affecting the academic career of the students.
Acharya urged the teachers to withdraw their strike, as it greatly affects the less fortunate and weaker sections of the society. He said the strike is also denying the right to education to the children of the government-run schools, more so at a time when the academic year is coming to an end.
President of the Nagaland RMSA Teachers� Association Thejazelie, at a press conference in Kohima on Monday, said the State Education Department started delaying payment of salaries since December 2014 while payment of pending salaries for three months was made in March this year. Since then the department has not released their salaries which has now accumulated to six months, he added.
Thejazelie lamented that even though they have been approaching the authorities of the department, including the Director, Commissioner, Secretary and Minister, since June nothing has been done other than false promises of releasing their salaries. He said unless all the pending salaries were released, the RMSA teachers would continue their agitation.