School teachers withdraw stir after minister’s assurance

Bhubaneswar: School teachers led by the mass education teachers’ association today staged demonstrations in front of various minister’s residences over government’s lack of action in providing permanent employment. Later the teachers withdrew their stir after assurance from the School and Mass Education minister on a solution by the third week of December.

Notably, the State government had set up a committee comprising 7 ministers to look into the demands of the school teachers and take a decision regarding the same. However, even after 3 months the committee is yet to arrive at a decision, forcing the teachers to take to the streets, informed sources

According to sources from the association, after discussion with the teachers, the School and Mass Education minister has asked for 1 and a half months more time to arrive at a decision in this regard.

“Three education ministers have come and gone, however, nothing is yet to be done for us. The government is playing with us,” said a protesting teacher.

“A daily laborer earns Rs 200 per day and we are earning less than that. We are discharging our duties in the schools at par with the regular teachers, however, we are being ignored,” said an agitating teacher.

“We have repeated requests, the Education minister has assured us that he will do something about us,” she added.

“They are demanding regularization of their service and hike in salary. For this, the State government has set up an inter-ministerial committee. As the matter is in the court, the advocate general has recommended us to wait until the leave of the court is granted. In the meantime we are also assessing the capabilities of the Finance department to meet the teachers’ demands. The next meeting of the inter-ministerial committee is scheduled on the third week of December where it will submit its recommendation to the government in this matter,” said School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra.