Teachers refuse to give 3-month time

The talks between the agitating school and college teachers and the state government failed on Wednesday, following which the teachers announced that they would continue their agitation indefinitely.

By Subrat Das
  • Published 13.09.18
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AGITATION TO CONTINUE: Teachers protest at Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The talks between the agitating school and college teachers and the state government failed on Wednesday, following which the teachers announced that they would continue their agitation indefinitely.

School and mass education minister Badri Narayan Patra said the government sought three months time for consideration of their demands. "But, they did not agree to it," he said.

All Odisha Teachers and Employees' Forum convener Golak Nayak said: "We had agreed to give a week time to the government, but they did not concede and insisted on three months time, which was not acceptable."

Forum sources said their only demand was payment of pension from 2005, which the government did not agree and was buying time.

"We will not relent unless the government does not concede our demand for pension. We will intensify our agitation, and if necessary, we will tender resignation en masse," said a teacher leader.

The government, on the other hand, said it had fulfilled most of the demands, abolished the block grant (a lump sum amount to pay salary) and instead introduced the full grant-in-aid system. "The school and mass education department will have to bear an additional burden of Rs 509 crore per annum for implementing the grant-in-aid order, under which a trained graduate teacher will get around Rs 35,000 per month," said Patra.

Similarly, the state higher education department will have to incur an additional expenditure of Rs 111.08 crore for implementation of grant-in-aid order for the college teachers, he said. He appealed the teachers to call off their agitation and resume teaching in view of larger interest of the student community.