Odisha teachers call off stir after talks with minister

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Primary Teachers' Association (OPTA) and the Odisha Shikshya Sahayak Association (OSA), who had been staging dharna at PMG Square here from Wednesday, have called off their stir after getting positive assurance from School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra today.

The decision came after a series of meetings held between the teachers' body and the minister last evening.

Speaking to media persons, OPTA President Rajesh Mohanty said that the School and Mass Education Minister has assured them to sort out their issues by November 30, following which they are calling of the stir.

The teachers' bodies were protesting with their three-point charter of demands including a grade pay of Rs 2,200-2,800, abolition of Sikshya Sahayak and the introduction of junior teacher rank instead.

OPTA President, however, informed that the teachers' body will stage demonstration on December 1, if their demands are not fulfilled before the said time.

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