Cassian Baliarsingh

Odisha government on Sunday announced several benefits including retirement benefits for block grant employees working in aided private higher educational institutions. The state cabinet has approved a proposal to grant 15 days of earned leave annually for the employees.

Apart from this, all the female employees will get 180 days maternity leave for two deliveries. Furthermore, after 16 years from the date of joining the job, the teachers will be entitled to a Placement Scale facility at the higher pay scale.

Similarly, the Chief Minister has increased the ex-gratia in the case of death or permanent disability for the employees under various block grants from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh and from Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 3.50 lakh, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also given a nod to extend a one-time cessation benefit on their superannuation after 60 years of age. A lump sum amount of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh has been approved for teaching and non-teaching staff, respectively, at the time of retirement at 60.

The benefits were approved after 5T and Naveen Odisha Chairman, VK Pandian, received the proposals from block grant employees and their unions during his visit to various districts early this year. 

After meeting with the Cabinet, the Chief Minister has decided to approve the proposals. According to reports, about 17,500 employees will be benefited by the announcement.