Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today lashed out at the State Government over the ongoing teachers’ strike in the State capital, saying the Government has money to strengthen its own vote bank and does not have funds for teachers.
He slammed the Naveen Patnaik Government for not resolving the problems of the block grant high school and college teachers who have been staging demonstration for the past 23 days at the Lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar.
The Union Minister, who visited the dharna site here to meet the agitating teachers alleged that the Odisha government has money to strengthen its own vote bank by distributing Rs 1,200 crore under Ama Gaon Ama Vikash programme and Rs 400 crore for Biju Yuva Bahini but doesn’t want to bear Rs 800 crore burden for resolving the grievances of teachers.
He urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to resolve the problems for the sake of lakh of students, who, the Union Minister said, are being deprived of quality education due to the strike of teachers.
The agitating teachers are demanding withdrawal of the controversial affidavit clause in the newly-announced grant-in-aid system among many others.