Bhubaneswar: In a significant move, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday agreed to increase Siksha Sahayaks’ salary by 25 per cent in its 40-per cent share as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and, thus, leaving agitating teachers to demand before the Centre to increase the salary proportionately in 60 per cent share.
Meanwhile, Naveen also agreed to abolish the term ‘Siksha Sahayak’ and to rename the post as Junior Teacher (contractual).
. “We felt that the State government is empathetic to our demands. Our meeting was cordial. However, we will continue with our agitation. Out of seven demands, the Government has agreed to accept four. As the State Government has agreed to increase our salary by 25 per cent, we are staging agitation seeking a proportionate hike in the Centre’s 60 per cent share,” said Odisha Siksha Sahayak Association president Malaya Kumar Jena.
School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra said the Junior Teacher (contractual), as renamed, would be regularised after three years. He requested the teachers to join respective schools as the Government fulfilled their demands.
Notably, Shiksha Sahayak’s across the State have gone on a mass leave from Tuesday on their seven-point charter of demands which included 25 per cent hike in their salaries in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and regularisation of their jobs.