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Contract High School teachers resort to indefinite stir

Bhubaneswar, November 10: As per their earlier announcement nearly 20,000 contract teachers engaged in different high schools in Odisha on Monday resorted to indefinite cease work agitation by staging demonstration here at Mahatma Gandhi Marg. 

With the State Government not taking any effective step on their issues, the teachers under the banner of Odisha Govt High Scholl Contract and New Pension Scheme Teachers’ Association took out a massive rally here from railway station and protested the Government’s apathetic attitude towards their grievances. 

The agitating teachers have been demanding grade pay of Rs 4,200 along with the basic pay, besides basic salary of Rs 9,300, 10 per cent annual increment and pension facility from the very first date of their joining.

“Last month we had informed the Government about our grievances and even stated that we would resort to agitation from November 10 for indefinite period if demands are not met. But the Government has not taken any tangible step on it forcing us to take to street,” said association president Purna Chandra Aech. 

He demanded that the School and Mass Education and Finance department should sit together to sort out the issues without any further delay. 

“At a time when the State Government has taken a decision to recruit 5,634 more contract teachers in high schools, nearly 20,000 contract teachers already engaged in different high schools are deprived of basic Government facilities as per the General Administration notification. Hence, we urge the Government to take up our seriously,” added Aech.

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