Block grant teachers’ body rejects govt proposal, to intensify stir

Bhubaneswar: Dissatisfied with the outcome of the inter-ministerial committee meeting to look into the demands of Block Grant Secondary School Teachers’ and Employees’ Association today, the association’s general secretary Prashant Mohapatra said the strike would continue and the schools will remain closed until the demands are not met.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting at the Secretariat here, Mohapatra said the association would take out a ‘padyatra’ in the Hinjili constituency on September 28.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Finance minister Pradip Amat and attended by ministers from other departments. Five secretaries including chief secretary GC Pati were also present in the meeting.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, “Since the block grant teachers have alleged that the grant-in-aid (GIA) order, 2013, formulated by the state government, is in the shape of block grant, the meeting decided to formulate a new and improved GIA order in 2016-17 fiscal and academic session. The new GIA order will be formulated as per the Education Act while looking at the financial viability of the state government,” the minister said.

Notably, studies of hundreds of students in the State have been affected due to the Block Grant teachers’ strike since August 18.