Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:
The Odisha Sikshya Sahayak Mahasangh (OSSM) suspended its strike following talks with School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra this evening.
Office bearers of the OSSM claimed that the Minister has assured to fulfill their demands for increase in salaries, grade pay, assistance in case of death, amendment of transfer policy etc.
They further claimed that the state government has given an assurance to issue a notification in this regard by the end of this month.
“Salaries of sikshya sahayaks will be hiked, they will get grade pay. Salaries Junior TGs will be hiked. Sikshya sahayaks will get increments, assistance in case of death and transfer policy will be amended. We had discussions for about 45 minutes. The Minister has given an assurance to issue a notification in this regard by the end of December,” said Yudhistir Sahu, general secretary OSSM.
Around 72,000 sikshya sahayaks across the state were on strike from last Thursday demanding fulfillment of their seven point charter of demands.
Earlier on Wednesday, a meeting between the office bearers of the OSSM with Mishra and Finance Minister Pradeep Kumar Amat had failed as the Ministers had sought a month’s time to decide on the demands.