Kohima, October 05 (NEx): The Naga Students Federation (NSF) & Eastern Naga Students Federation (ENSF) calls for a state-wide bandh of vehicular movement to be imposed on government registered (NL-10 and NL-11) vehicles with effect from October 12, 2020 as the first phase of agitation, until further communique from the two federations.
A joint press statement from the NSF & ENSF stated that consequent upon the lapse of 30 days joint ultimatum served to the state government on September 02, 2020 with regard to mainstreaming of SSA & RMSA teachers of 2010 & 2013 batch, and in furtherance of the unanimous resolution adopted at the joint meeting on October 02, 2020 at NSF office, Kohima to call for a democratic agitation after having expressed dissatisfaction at the inaction of the state government pertains to the letter dated September 23, 2020 received from the govt of Nagaland.
The Union notified in the statement that a state-wide bandh of vehicular movement will be imposed on government registered NL 10 and NL 11 vehicles with effect from October 12, 2020 as first phase of agitation, until further communique from the two federations. However, it said that vehicles on duty for medical services, administration & Police, Fire & Emergency services will be exempted from the purview of the agitation.
The Union directed the federating units and sub-ordinate bodies of NSF & ENSF to initiate necessary ground level preparation in their respective jurisdiction.
Further, the two federations appealed all concern to co-operate with the agitation. Any unwanted consequences upon it’s deliberation shall be the sole responsibility of the violators, it said.
On October 2nd, the NSF office, NSF President Ninoto Awomi and ENSF President Sepili L. Sangtam in a press conference, informed that the state government had, in June 2018, signed an Agreement with the Nagaland Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association, NSF and the ENSF assuring to mainstream the 2010 and 2013 batch teachers under SSA and RMSA into state cadre. However, after a lapse of 2 years, the state government is yet to fulfill its part.
After reminding the government on several occasions, the two student bodies finally issued a 30-day ultimatum to the state government on September 02, 2020. The state government replied to the two organisations, stating that a meeting of the departments of School Education, P & AR, and Finance was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary on September 14, 2020.
However, not satisfied with the government’s response and following the expiry of the ultimatum on October 2nd, the two federations after thorough discussion on the matter felt that it was just a “delay tactic” of the government. Asserting the seriousness on their ultimatum, the NSF and ENSF has decided to call for an agitation until the state government fully honours the Agreement of June 2018 and fulfills its assurance.