Orissa: Protest by unaided college employees

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Bhubaneswar, Apr 1: The All Orissa Un-aided College Employees Co-Ordination Committee (AOUCECC), which is on a dharna since March 26, today threatened to intensify their agitation if the state government did not concede their demands.

AOUCECC chief convenor Golak Nayak said the employees, who had been staging a dharna in front of the Assembly, demanding grants-in-aid for 630 unaided colleges, also observed a black day in support of their demands.

The employees also resolved to launch a ''jail bharo andolan'' in front of Naveen Niwas, the residence of Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik, if their demands were not met.

Mr Nayak alleged that ten members of the committee sustained injuries in police lathicharge while they were undertaking a peaceful torchlight procession here late last night.

He said though the Cabinet Sub-Committee, in its meeting on November 30, had recommended to provide grants-in-aid to all the 630 unaided colleges established between 1990 to 2005, it had not been implemented so far.

He said more than 7,500 employees of the private colleges were deprived of the grants due to the ''discriminatory'' policy of the government.

The 630 unaided colleges were deprived of the grants after the government, in November 1994, capped the grants-in-aid to private colleges with retrospective effect from 1990, he added.


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