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Join duty or face action: Odisha govt to striking teachers

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

government Thursday told the block grant school and college teachers who are on indefinite strike since August 16 to join duty.

Terming the agitation by the teachers as "Not justified", the said that the teachers remaining absent from schools without permission, would face action.

The (S&ME) directed all District Officers (DEOs) and Block Officers (BEOs) to ensure that the agitating teachers, who have remained absent without permission would not get salary for the days of absence.

About 50,000 block grant school and colleges teachers in 4000 schools and 1500 colleges under the banner of School College Teachers and Employees United Forum, have been staging protest since August 16.

They are demanding hike in grade pay and other service conditions as being availed by the teachers in government schools, regular grant-in-aid and abolition of block grant system of payment

In separate letters to all the DEOs and BEOs, S&ME principal secretary, PK has directed them to check attendance of all teachers/junior teachers/contractual teachers from September 6 and ensure that those who are absent without permission do not get salary for the days of absence.

In the case of contractual teachers, has told the the DEOs and "to treat their unauthorised absence as a reason for not renewing the annual contract due in March next and prior to that, they may take action to disengage them after following due procedure".

The block education authorities have also been asked to make local arrangements for smooth functioning of schools.

The said that steps have already been taken for consideration of the demands and hence the agitation is "not justified".

and Badri Narayan Patra said: "We shall be holding an inter-ministerial committee meeting Thursday to resolve the issue. The teachers should return to schools."

Meanwhile, Primary BEd Elementary Teachers Association, Odisha Elementary School Teachers Association, have also extended their support to the agitation.

The teachers issue was also raised in the Odisha Assembly where opposition members asked the to hold discussion with the agitators and bring back normalcy in schools and colleges.

Odisha School College Teachers and Employees United Forum convenor Golak Nayak said the agitators have decided to "lock" 4,000 schools and 1500 colleges from Thursday.

Nayak warned they would further intensify the agitation and take it to village level if their demands are not fulfilled.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, September 06 2018. 17:25 IST