Odisha hikes grade pay of primary teachers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government approved two long-standing demands of the Odisha Primary Teachers’ Association (OPTA) today.

School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra informed that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the reconstruction of cadre and hike in grade pay of the primary school teachers.

OPTA president Rajesh Mohanty informed that the state government has agreed to restructure the cadre and also indirectly approve hike in grade pay to Rs 2800 from Rs 2200.

The number of Level 4 and Level 2 posts will be increased and new posts will be created for senior teachers, lecturers and senior headmasters after the implementation of the new directive.

The state government’s move will benefit 72,563 primary school teachers as it will pave the way for promotions in their cadre.

Earlier, the assistant teachers who joined in the Level-V category used to retire in the same post without any promotions. With the restructuring of cadres, the assistant teachers will get promoted in the hierarchical level.

Following the state government’s decision, the teachers, who had been staging a dharna since September, called off their strike today.

Also Read: Primary Teachers Hit The Street In Odisha


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