Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 17:
The Sikshyak Mahasangh, which was scheduled to begin its statewide agitation in Odisha today for fulfilment of its 10-point charter of demands, withdrew its decision last night after a discussion with the School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra and senior department officials here.
A delegation of the Mahasangh had a meeting with Mishra in the presence of the secretary Usha Padhee, additional secretary Dasarathi Satpathy and other senior officials of the department at the OPEPA conference hall.
During the meeting, the minister and the secretary assured the delegation to fulfill some of their demands that come under the purview of the department very soon.
Since the remaining demands come under the jurisdiction of Finance, Planning and Coordination and Law departments, both the minister and the delegation agreed to wait for their approval.
The meeting decided to take the consent and recommendation of these aforesaid departments.
The minister assured the delegation that he will have a meeting with the Finance minister for fulfilment of some of the demands of the Mahasangh by the end of this month.
Following the assurance of the minister, the Mahasangh decided to withdraw its stir.
Among others, president of the Mahasangh Prakash Jena, general secretary Prakash Mohanty, Binod Bihari Panigrahi, Pradipta Pradhan, Birendra Panda and Pyarimohan Das were present at the meeting.