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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today issued a stricture banning unauthorised visits of teaching and non-teaching staff coming under School and Mass Education (S&ME) department to government directorates and other concerned departments to air their grievances.

In a letter, the S&ME department today directed district education officers to conduct grievance hearing on Saturday afternoons and ensure that grievances that can be redressed at block and district level be given adequate importance at the earliest.

"Since teaching and non-teaching staff are either approaching the Department Grievance Cell at OPEPA or visiting the Secretariat or Directorates quite often for every small issue, a habit that leads to their absence from school/college/training institutions creating serious dislocations in teaching-learning process and other day-to-day activities of the institution," the letter read.

Issuing fresh guidelines for streamlining the redressal mechanism, the department in the letter said an employee has to obtain written permission from competent authority before airing his/her grievances before the grievance cell where the intervention of the Director or the government is required.

Grievances related to transfer of an employee within a district shall not be heard in the grievance cell of the department, the letter added.

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