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Vikash Sharma

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  • The association alleged that despite several representations to the Odisha government, no step has been taken to resolve their grievances.

All Odisha Aided College (488 category) Teachers & Employees Association on Friday sought intervention of Governor Ganeshi Lal in implementation of Retirement Benefit Rule, 1981, Common Cadre & Promotion and 7th Pay Commission benefits.

The association alleged that despite several representations to the Odisha government, no step has been taken to resolve their grievances.

Manas Purohit, the working president of All Odisha Aided College (488 category) Teachers & Employees Association, said that teachers/lecturers are deprived of the pension benefits even if the 1981 Pension rule clearly mentions that it is applicable for the employees of aided institutions.

“It is a fact that the lecturers and employees serving for more than 25 years and receiving GIA as per ORSP rule 2008 have been neglected in every matter in comparison to SSB sponsored employees. There should not be any hesitation to introduce 7th pay for us as the GIA order 2013, 2016 and 2017 clearly mentions 6th pay in their "payment provision" paragraphs. It is also another blunder of Administrative department if the employees who are working for more than 25 years and not regularised. So the implementation of 7th pay should not be further delayed,” said Purohit.

Priyaranjan Rath, General Secretary of the association, said, "Despite working for over 25 years, we do not have any retirement benefits like pension or the 7th pay commission benefits. We are also demanding for Common Cadre and promotion as it will create parity. Otherwise, SSB sponsored candidates will jump to upper rank. The Common Cadre and promotion directive may be framed by computing the period of admissibility of post or date of joining or successful service of 8 years from receiving full grant (i.e from 2009).”

The association members are also demanding to increase the retirement age to 62 from 60 years alike the retirement age of government employees which has been increased to 60 years from 58.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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