Vikash Sharma

The Odisha Government on Monday decided to hike the salary of junior teachers, including the contractual lot, engaged in the imparting education in various primary schools by nearly 50 percent.

The decision to hike the salary of junior teachers was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The salary revision will come to effect from January 1, 2022.

As per the statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), at present, the regular junior teachers are getting a salary of Rs 9,200 which has been hiked to Rs 13,800. Similarly, the salary of contractual junior teachers has been hiked to Rs 11,000 from existing Rs 7,400.

Over 33,000 junior teachers, including 19, 7714 regular and 13, 324 contractual junior teachers will benefit from the State latest government decision, the CMO said. The revised hike of the junior teachers’ salary is going to cost Rs 168 crore more to the State exchequer.

On January 1, the Odisha government had regularised the jobs of 8,102 contractual junior teachers in the State. School and Mass Education Minister, Sameer Dash said those belong to the 2015 batch of junior teachers.

On December 31, 2021, the Odisha government had 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.

Around 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.