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Teachers put stir on hold till Nov 17 following talks with CM

Bhubaneswar: The teachers staging an agitation under the banner of Odisha Primary Teachers' Association (under New Pension Scheme) and Odisha Sikhya Sahayak Association (OSSA) today put stir on hold till November 17 after discussions with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

OSSA president Malaya Jena said that they will again hit streets if their demands are not addressed. 

Sources said a delegation of the teachers met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, who assured to fulfil their demands, including hike in grade pay, at the earliest. Following it, the teachers called off the strike.

On November 9, the teachers staging an agitation under the banner of Odisha Primary Teachers' Association (under New Pension Scheme) and Odisha Sikhya Sahayak Association were split over continuing the protest over their demands. Though the Minister had assured them to address their demands by November 30 and appealed to the teachers to withdrew strike, a group of teachers did not call off the stir.

The CM said a meeting will be held on November 13 along with a high-level meeting on November 17 to discuss the demands of the teachers, the sources said.

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