More than 1.5 lakh teachers from Odisha schools to hit the streets of State Capital tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Around 1.5 lakh school teachers coming from different parts of Odisha will throng the State Capital to take part in a proposed rally followed by dharna as a token of their protest. They will stage both agitation and sit-in with a three-point charter of demands, a source said today.

According to the source, despite strict instructions from 30 district Education department offices, the teachers will protest at Lower PMG here. The school teachers under a banner of their State level outfit named Prathamik Sikshyak Mahasangh (United Primary Teachers Federation) will unite tomorrow morning at around 11.30 am.

Their demands include:

  1. The State government should immediately withdraw all contractual appointments and regularise junior teachers from the primary education level and treat the 6 to 8-year tenure of Sikshya Sahayaks as 6 to 8 notional increments on the initial appointment.
  2. Pay all the primary school teachers in line with the Central Government pay scale.
  3. Waive the newly introduced pension scheme and reintroduce the old one, which previously existed.

The government has been allegedly delaying to fulfill their demands, an office-bearer expressed.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police-Bhubaneswar has disallowed permission for the said agitation on the ground that ACP Zone-I and IIC Capital police station have not recommended this.

“Your organisation had obtained permission from this office on 27.11.2022 for the congregation of 2,500 teachers to participate in Dharna at Lower PMG, BBSR. However, your turnout was more than 40,000 which caused traffic congestion, inconvenience to passengers and the general public in and around Master Canteen and Railway Station area and blockage of all the roads,” a letter issued by police read.

As HSC Examination is going on, students may face problems in appearing for the exam, the letter added.

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