Odisha announces new GIA policy for block grant teachers

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to abolish the block grant policy, the Odisha government on Monday declared a new grant-in-aid (GIA) policy for around 25,000 teaching and non-teaching staff of 2400 schools across the state.
 
"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the State Cabinet have approved the new GIA policy which will be implemented with retrospective effect from April 1, 2013," said Rabi Narayan Nanda, Minister for School and Mass Education.
 
According to the new policy, schools getting block grant for more than eight years would be eligible for full grants-in-aid and be paid as per the sixth pay commission. Similarly, schools that have been receiving grants for over six years will be eligible for 75% grants-in-aid. Schools receiving block grants for more than three years will be eligible to 60% grants-in-aid.
 
The remaining block grant schools would receive 40% grants-in-aid, the policy statement added.
 
The state exchequer will have a burden of Rs 293 crore due to implementation of the policy, the minister added.
 
In the last session of the State Assembly, members cutting across party lines had urged the BJD government to implement the grant-in-aid policy for block grant teachers without any further delay.