Reported by Santosh Jagdev/Edited by Sandeep Sahu
Bhubaneswar, Aug 21:
The Odisha Shiksha Sahayak Association (OSSA) staged a massive demonstration in front of the state Assembly here on Wednesday demanding fulfilment of their five-point charter of demands.
The demands include regularization of jobs after three years of service, designating them as junior teachers instead of Shiksha Sahayaks and a basic pay of Rs 5,200 along with grade pay of Rs 2,200 and 10 per cent annual increment.
OSSA president Prasanta Kumar Sundaray alleged that even after assurances from State Government on many occasions since 2009, the authorities had failed to fulfil their legitimate demands forcing them to take to the streets.
“The Government had held discussions with us regarding our issues twice on March 19 and August 8. The School and Mass Education Minister also discussed with us on August 8. But nothing positive or concrete has happened as yet,” said Sundaray.
He also informed that 40,000 Shiksha Sahayaks are working in the State while 52,000 primary and upper primary teachers are working against the 50, 000 sanctioned posts.