Agitating Odisha teachers celebrate Ganesh Puja on streets

Bhubaneswar: After the high level meeting with state government ended inconclusively, the block grant teachers have vowed to continue their agitation and celebrated Ganesh Puja on the streets today.

Akin to last year, the teachers were seen celebrating the festival at their protest site which reverberated with the sounds of conches and recitation of prayers today.

“We couldn’t make it to our schools due to the ongoing strike so we celebrated the festival here instead, for the well-being and bright future of our students'” said an agitating teacher.

The Block grant teachers and employees have been agitating for the past 29 days demanding removal of affidavit clause in the newly-announced grant-in-aid system, equal salary for equal work, provision of full aid and several other service conditions.

“The high level meeting that was held yesterday did not yield any results and the state government has sought time till Monday to decide, failing which we will intensify the agitation and take out rallies at the panchayat level,” said Golak Nayak, convenor of the Odisha School College Teachers and Employees’ United Forum.