Bhubaneswar|30 August 2017
Another round of talk btween the government and the block grant teachers on the salary issue failed on Tuesday. Discussions went on for three hours in the Odisha Secretariat but it could not lead to any consensus.
The teachers sticked to their demand of full grant-in-aid with service conditions in the place of existing block grant scheme of remuneration. As per source government had agreed to remove the block grant system but its stand on the service conditions was not convincing for the teachers.
Odisha government and the Odisha School College United Teachers and Employees’ Association sat together again on Tuesday in the state Secretariat to after the Friday’s unsuccessful dialogue to break the 15 day long impasse.
In the meeting Presided by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi Minister for Higher Education Anant Das, Minister for School and Mass Education Badri Narayan Patra represented the state government along with their Department secretaries.Development Commissioner R Balkrisnan and the IT secretary were also there on behalf of government.
Prakash Chandra Mohanty, Pabitra Mahala, Goalak Mohapatra and Prakash Jena talked for the block grant teachers and employees.
The Ministers said that the teachers’ issue would be sorted out at any time. The government was ready to eliminate the block grant system. The point of service condition requires more deliberation.
Teachers sitting –in for their demand since August 16 have refused to quit until their demands are met. They observed the Ganesh Puja on the road now they have called to observe the teacher’s day on September 5 as the black day.