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Teachers to continue stir as inter-ministerial committee meeting remains inconclusive

Bhubaneswar: The agitating school and college block grant teachers has decided to continue their stir as the inter-ministerial committee meeting failed to yield any fruits towards the demands of the teachers.

An inter ministerial committee headed by Finance minister Sashibhushan Behera today convened a meeting and discussed the issue with a 12-member team of striking teachers. “The government sought three months time to sort out the issues to which the teachers had agreed to only seven days. The meeting remained inconclusive. We will further intensify outstill till our demands are met,” informed Pabitra Mahala, convener of All Odisha School-College Teachers and Employees United Forum.

On the other hand, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Patra appealed to the teachers to join duty and give them three months time. A steering committee will form to look into the matter, he added.

The teachers under the aegis of All Odisha School-College Teachers and Employees United Forum have been demanding abolition of block grant, full grant without any conditions, service conditions, pension benefits and others.

The teachers and employees of 4000 schools and 1500 colleges are sitting on dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg here demanding fulfillment of their 7-point charter of demands since August 16.

They have been demanding abolition of block grant, full grant without any conditions, service conditions, pension benefits and others.

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