Contractual teachers to gherao Naveen Nivas, Mass Education minister’s res

Bhubaneswar: The Contractual Teachers’ Association on Saturday threatened to gherao chief minister and School and Mass Education ministers’ residences on November 26 protesting government’s decision to cancel the appointments 4,000 contractual teachers done in June this year.

“Despite a stay put by the High Court on the appointment of contractual teachers, why the government recruited teachers on contractual basis? It is playing with the life of teachers. A befitting reply will be given to government on Thursday (Nov 26) with gherao of CM Naveen Patnaik and Mass Education minister’s residence” , Pradipta Kumar Pradhan, President of Odisha Government High School Contract Teachers’ Association, said.

Amarendra Swain, a contractual teacher said, “Who has committed such mistake in the recruitment? It is government or innocent teachers. Why should a teacher lose his or her job for the mistake of government officials”?
On the other hand, State government is stick to its decision. It said the government would strictly follow the High Court order.

“The High Court directive on the appointment of contractual teachers would be carried out strictly after a thorough examination. Later, the government would apprise the court about the vacant teacher posts”, School and Mass Education Minister Devi Mishra said.
With the recent decision of the government, nearly 4, 000 contractual teachers appointed after June 11, 2015 will lose their jobs.

School and Mass Education Department Secretary Ranjana Chopra on Friday submitted an affidavit in the court regarding government’s decision. The affidavit read that the appointments made after the interim stay order on June 11, 2015 would be cancelled.

The court fixed the matter for hearing on November 26 and ordered the School and Mass Education Department to inform about the action taken by it.

Sources said, the state government had published advertisements in 2014 for recruitment of 5, 364 contractual teachers challenging which several petitions were filed in Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) alleging anomalies in the eligibility criteria related to age, educational qualification and reservation.

Later, the Orissa High Court stayed the order of Tribunal on June 11, 2015 over the recruitment. Despite the stay, the government appointed the teachers on contractual basis. Contempt of court petitions were filed in the High Court acting on which the court served show-cause notices on School and Mass Education Department.