Gana Sikshaks to be regularised, with rider

Bhubaneswar: Five months ahead of the panchayat polls, the State government on Tuesday announced regularisation of the services of about 22, 000 Gana Sikshakas (public teachers) in Odisha, subject to certain caveats.

Besides intermediate or equivalent as basic qualification, the teachers must have undergone requisite training on teaching to avail the benefits of regularisation, a notification issued by the School and Mass Education department said today.

Ineligible teachers have time till March, 2018 to acquire the eligibility criteria failing which their services will be terminated, the notification said.

All eligible teachers will be regularised after completing eight years of service, it said.

In January, more than 1,000 Gana Sikshaks entered into a scuffle with the police while trying to break the barricades during an agitation at Lower PMG here. The teachers, who had been sitting on dharna since December, 2015 demanding regularisation of their jobs, were stopped by the forces deployed on Mahatma Gandhi Marg which led to the clash.

The agitating teachers were demanding the regularisation of the jobs of those who have completed six years of service.

Notably, the State government is paying a monthly remuneration of Rs 3700 to Gana Sikshaks at present.

In a related development, the Odisha government has hiked the basic salary of school teachers by 25% as per the 2013 grant-in-aid provisions. According to sources, the hike will be on the salary drawn as on May 31, 2016 and will be applicable retrospectively from June 1, 2016. The state government has also made provisions for an annual increase of 3% in the basic salary.

This increase will benefit teachers of upper primary schools, high schools, Sanskrit toll schools and Madrasas.