Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:
Odisha Contractual Teachers’ Association (OCTA) today announced to suspend its stir from today till second week of this month following assurance from the state government to reinstate all retrenched contractual teachers.
The OCTA made the announcement following its talks with School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra here today.
Since Odisha Administrative Tribunal (OAT) is expected to pronounce its verdict on December 4, the Minister has assured that a decision with regard to reappointment of retrenched contract teachers will be taken by the second week of December, the OCTA said.
“We discussed with the government, they have taken time up to second week of this month. The OAT is expected to pronounce its verdict on December 4. The OAT has reserved its verdict in our case. The minister has assured to re-engage all of us after the verdict by the second week. We have decided to suspend our agitation till the second week of December,” said Pradipta Pradhan president OCTA speaking to reporters after the meeting.
“Since the High Court has remanded the matter to the Tribunal; and hearing in the matter is over while the verdict has been kept reserved. We are waiting for the verdict of the Tribunal. Hopefully by if we get the Tribunal’s order, the government will take steps in regard by December second week,” said Debi Prasad Mishra to reporters.
Notably, the state government had cancelled appointment of nearly 4, 000 contractual teachers appointed after June 11 this year following High Court orders and the contractual teachers were on a stir demanding reinstatement after the government retrenched them.