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Govt warns agitating school teachers

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has warned the agitating block grant school teachers to return duty or face salary cut.

In a letter to all the District Education Officers and Block Education Officers, School and Mass Education Department Principal Secretary PK Mohapatra on Wednesday asked them to check the attendance of all teachers/junior teachers, including contractual one and ensure that teachers who have remained absent without permission and without proper ground do not get the salary for the days they remain absent.

The block grant school and college teachers have been on dharna since August 16 at the Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar, under the banner of Odisha School College Teachers’ and Employees’ United Forum (OSCTEUF), a forum of school and college teachers unions.

As the agitating teachers decided to gherao the Assembly today, the School and Mass Education Department has decided to cut salary of junior teachers and contract teachers who will participate in protest rally against the Government. Their contract may also not be renewed from next year.

Around 60,000 teachers of 5,500 schools and colleges observed Teachers’ Day on Wednesday as a ‘black day’ to press for the fulfilment of their demands of better pay and service benefits.

The teachers have been demanding the abolition of the block grant system and its replacement with 100 per cent ‘grants-in-aid’, besides other benefits such as periodic increment, promotion and pension.

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