Agitating Odisha teachers take strike to panchayat level

Bhubaneswar: Block-grant teachers, who are agitating under the banner of Odisha School and College Teachers’ and Employees’ United Forum seeking fulfilment of their demands, have decided to take the stir to panchayat level from today.

“The protest at panchayat level will continue till September 19. It has been decided to stage demonstration in front of government offices in panchayats across the state, said forum leader Golak Nayak.

A ‘Mahasamabesh’ of the teachers has been planned at Mahatma Gandhi Road here on September 20. Around 60,000 block-grant teachers have been asked to join it, he added.

Notably, the teachers are on agitation since August 16 seeking benefits of 7th pay commission, service condition and job regularisation among others under the new Grant-in-Aid (GIA) system. They have also stopped conducting classes in schools from September 6.

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