Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 11:
The strike launched by all Odisha block grant teachers of the state today reached the second day today with no immediate solution in sight.
Overall, 40, 000 teachers from 2209 secondary schools, 916 ME schools, 138 Madrasas and 42 Sanskrit schools today took to the streets demanding cent percent government grant.
A large numbers of teachers joined the strike call by Odisha Secondary School Teacher’s Association (OSSTA) since yesterday. Today, they demonstrated in front of District Education Officer (DEO) offices across the state and submitted memorandums. Most of these schools were locked down by the teachers to pressurize the government to take quick action on their demand.
Large rallies were taken out in most of the towns of the state on behalf of the District School Associations and the teachers locked out those schools affecting studies. The teachers have threatened to organize protest rallies in Bhubaneswar during the monsoon session of the Assembly and go for civil disobedience.
Political parties, on the other hand, today picked up the issue. While ruling BJD requested the teachers to go back to schools, BJP promised the teachers to take up the issue in the upcoming session of the Assembly.
“I call upon the teachers to come to the negotiation table without affecting the studies of the people. The government is trying to do its best within the limited resources it has got. We have started action and are having a dialogue with the Finance Department. I hope the teachers would choose the democratic method to select representatives to continue the dialogue with us and go back to school so that the curriculum of the students is not affected,” said School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.
“The teachers association has been making this genuine demand since a long time now. The government has been making false promises to them time and again. They had recently taken 15 days’ time to fulfil the demands, but they again went back on their words. We are going to raise this in the assembly. Had it been notified to us earlier, we would have done a proper question and discussion, but now we will raise it in the zero hour,” said BJP MLA Dillip Ray.