AIZAWL, Nov 25 - Mizoram School Education Minister Lalchhandama Ralte on Monday warned agitating teachers under Samagra (formerly SSA/RMSA) of disciplinary action if they continue their strike and refuse to join work from November 26.
Addressing reporters at his office, Ralte said the ultimatum of the Federation of Mizoram Samagra Employees (FEMSE) on November 8 took the government by surprise. �Neither the Chief Minister nor I was informed about the charter of demands made by the federation officially. We were shocked to hear about the Federation�s decision to avail mass casual leave from November 21,� he said.
The Minister made it clear that the Samagra teachers� demand for pay hike and reservation of 70 per cent teachers� posts were impossible to be fulfilled by the state government. �Therefore, the government has to do what has to be done for the interest of the students,� Ralte said.
The minister said hundreds of schools across Mizoram remained closed for three days, affecting thousands of innocent students who were facing crucial year-end examinations. �If the teachers continue their strike and refuse to join work from November 26, the government will be compelled to take disciplinary action against them,� he said.
He requested all concerned village and local councils and village education committees to report Samagra teachers who refuse to join work in their respective areas.