17, 000 Gana Sikhyakas to be regularised in first phase

Bhubaneswar: In a decision that would put an end to the three-month long protest of 22,000-odd Gana Sikhyaks in the State, the Odisha government on Thursday decided to regularise their services in two phases.

After attending a ministerial level meeting at the secretariat here, Food supplies and consumer welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma informed the media that the services of all eligible and trained Gana Sikhyaks will be regularised.

“Very soon we will begin the process and it will be effective from financial year 2016-17,” Dasburma said.

Reacting on the development, Gana Sikhyak Teachers’ Association (GSTA) general secretary Umakanta Nayak said, “The association is satisfied with the government’s decision and we all are going to join work from tomorrow.”

Sources said the jobs of eligible Gana Sikhyaks would be regularised as zilla parisad teachers in 2016-17.

“Following the recommendation of the inter-ministerial panel, chief minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the proposal to regularise the services of Gana Sikhyaks in 2016-17,” said an official. Though the government had decided to regularise these teachers as per the Right to Education Act, for which they should have been trained, these teachers will now be regularised on the basis of merit.

Though Mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra had declared yesterday that the Gana Sikhyakas will be regularised based on merit, GSTA had demanded further clarification from the State government on its announcement.

“The government has announced regularisation of the teachers on merit basis depending on vacancies. But there is no clarification on the date it will start, the date it will be completed and how many teachers will be regularised during that period,” Nayak had said.

“We demand regularisation of all trained teachers who have completed six years in service. There are around 17,000 teachers in this category in the state. We will continue our protest till the government clarifies its announcement,” added Nayak.

Around 22,000 Gana Sikhyaks were on strike demanding regularisation of their jobs.