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CM raises Siksha Sahayaks’ pay by 25%

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday played a masterstroke by agreeing to increase Siksha Sahayaks’ salary by 25 per cent in its 40-per cent share as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and, thus, leaving agitating teachers to demand before the Centre to increase the salary proportionately in 60 per cent share.

Besides, the Chief Minister agreed to abolish the term ‘Siksha Sahayak’ and to rename the post as Junior Teacher (contractual).

“We felt that the State government is empathetic to our demands. Our meeting was cordial. However, we will continue with our agitation. Out of seven demands, the Government has agreed to accept four. As the State Government has agreed to increase our salary by 25 per cent, we are staging agitation seeking a proportionate hike in the Centre’s 60 per cent share,” said Odisha Siksha Sahayak Association president Malaya Kumar Jena.

School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra said the Junior Teacher (contractual), as renamed, would be regularised after three years. He requested the teachers to join respective schools as the Government fulfilled their demands.

Notably, Shiksha Sahayak’s across the State have gone on a mass leave from Tuesday on their seven-point charter of demands which included 25 per cent hike in their salaries in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and regularisation of their jobs.

Meanwhile, the BJP said the State Government is hoodwinking the Siksha Sahayaks by making false promises to them.

“The State Government is using BJD leaders and workers and spearheading false agitations. The State Government’s Monday decision is only meant to hoodwink Siksha Sahayaks,” alleged BJP State secretary Prithviraj Harichandan.

Stating that the State Government bears the primary duty to provide education to all, Harichand slammed the State Government for not appointing teachers while over 40,000 teacher posts are lying vacant.




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