Vikash Sharma

Lecturers of aided degree colleges appointed through the State Selection Board (SSB) have once again reiterated their demand for revision of grade pay. The Odisha SSB Lecturers' Association on Sunday threatened not to cooperate in the annual Plus II examination and evaluation if the Odisha government does not take immediate measures to fulfill their demands.

The lecturers are demanding an increase in their Grade Pay (GP) from the existing Rs 4,600 to Rs 5,400 with retrospective effect from 2016.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Association members have been wearing black badges since September last year to press for their demands.

At a presser, Odisha State Selection Board Lecturers’ Association Secretary Lambodhar Rout said, “We want to urge Odisha government for the last time that there should be a revision of grade pay to Rs 5400 from the existing Rs 4600. We have been continuing with our agitation at different levels.”

Despite repeated attempts and persuasion, the state government so far has not paid any heed to our demand, he said.

"So far we have not got any positive indication from the Odisha government. This is our last request and if no step is taken, we will intensify our agitation. We will also not cooperate in the conduct of the annual Plus II examination and its subsequent evaluation," Rout added.

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