Vikash Sharma

A day after approving 7th Pay Commission Scale for the teaching, non-Teaching staff of several schools and colleges, the Odisha government on Saturday made a big announcement regarding the regularisation of over 8,000 junior teachers in the State.

School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash today said that the jobs of 8,102 contractual junior teachers have been regularised by the State government.

“The 2015 junior teachers’ batch have been regularised from today. Nearly, 8,102 junior teachers will benefit in the State. A notification in this regard will be issued today,” said Dash.

Dash further informed that after the relaxation in age limit, 40, 052 primary school teachers have been given promotions.

It is pertinent to mention here that hundreds of contractual teachers under the aegis of the Odisha Junior Teachers’ Association recently staged a demonstration at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar over non-regularisation of jobs. The teachers alleged that they were recruited as contractual teachers in 2015.

Though the advertisement notification stated that their jobs would be regularised after 6 years, it was not implemented by the State government, the junior teachers had alleged.

On Friday, the Odisha government approved the proposal to provide grant-in-aid as per the 7th Pay Commission scale to the eligible staff in new-aided non-government High Schools, Upper Primary Schools, Madrasas and colleges.

About 26164 teaching and non-teaching employees of the New-Aided Non-Government High Schools, UP(ME) Schools and Madrasas who are in receipt of 100% Grant-in-Aid will be benefited by such enhancement," read an official release.

The new hike in salary will be effective from January 1, 2022. Around 26000 school teachers and 16664 college teachers will be benefitted with this announcement of the State government. The salary hike will reportedly cost the State exchequer an additional Rs 126 crore.