School, college teachers’ demands under consideration: Ministers

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Bhubaneswar, April 1: The demands raised by school and various college teachers’ unions are under consideration of the government, School & Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra and Higher Education Minister Pradip Panigrahi said in their replies to two different questions asked by BJP MLA Dilip Ray in Assembly.

 Several unions of school teachers and +2 & +3 private college lecturers Associations have been agitating for quite some time to press for their demands.

Panigrahi said that four demands raised by private lecturers and employees’ association in 2014-15 FY are under government’s consideration.

The demands include providing grant by abolishing block grant, elimination of different groups in 2008 grant policy, providing grant to Sanskrit colleges and completion of verification as per 2014 grant policy.

 Mishra in his answer said that Odisha Sikshya Sahayak Association in 2014-15 FY had demonstrated demanding inclusion of Sikshya Sahayaks under group B, C and D and providing salaries and other facilities according to their posts and eligibility as per the contractual appointment rule.

Similarly, senior teachers union protested demanding to make their job permanent and provide financial assistance to them.

 While the SC,ST teachers and contractual teachers demand regularisation of their services, block grant teachers, employees’ association are demanding government grant to schools, other facilities and an amendment in the Grant policy, Mishra said.

 A ministerial level sub-committee headed by finance minister has been constituted to take necessary steps to resolve the issue. Even, a sub panel has held several rounds of discussions with the teachers associations.

Meanwhile, wages of Sikshya Sahayaks and contractual teachers have been raised and the demands are under the consideration, Mishra said.

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