Naveen's announcement on teachers a treachery - Congress

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in Orissa Assembly J B Patnaik today dubbed the announcement of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the teachers in the House as nothing but a ''treachery to the teaching community''.

In a statement here, Mr Patnaik said the state government was trying to satisfy the teachers with some alms as if they had come with the begging bowl to the government.

The Congress leader and former Chief Minister said the teachers' problem would not be solved with the enhancement of block grants to private high schools or hike in the honorarium of the contract teachers.

He said the government should abolish the block grants and provide grant-in aid to all the schools or takeover these schools as government schools.

Mr Patnaik said 72,000 teachers post were still lying vacant in the state and the government should directly recruit from the 55,000 sikhya sahayaks, having the requisite qualification to be appointed as primary school teacher.

Similarly, the qualified teachers appointed under the EGS be also given the opportunity to be absorbed as primary teacher, he said adding the government must give appointment as promised to the people of the state.

While making a statememt in the Orissa Assembly, the Chief Minister today announced a hike in the honorarium of the Sikhya Sahayaks, trained graduate teachers and non trained graduate teachers and raise the block grants paid to Upper Primary and Middle English schools in the state.

The Chief Minister's announcement came in the wake of indefinite dharna, launched by the sikhaya sahayaks, demanding regularisation of their service. The Sikhya Sahayaks, who had virtually seized the busy M G Road for the last three days in support of their demand, however, called off their agitation following the Chief Minister's announcement in the House.


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