“Fulfill Our Demands, Else We Will Throw BJD Out Of Power in 2019”: Block Grant Teachers

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Bhubaneswar: The block grant teachers today gave the ultimatum to the Odisha government to fulfill their demands failing which their strike would turn into a state-wide agitation and the teachers would ensure that BJD is voted out of power in 2019.

Though the agitation by the block grant teachers entered its eighth day today no sincere efforts have been made by the government to resolve the issues. The teachers said that they had high hopes that the Chief Minister would listen to their demands after returning from New Delhi but are disappointed over Naveen Pattanaik’s  silence even.

“We have been sitting here for last eight days but the government is yet to pay any heed to our grievances. We will not back out this time till our demands are fulfilled for we have been cheated several times in the past,” cried the agitating teachers.

“All the block grant schools are closed. We will request all the college and university authorities in the state and try to shut down all  educational institutions from next week. We will also request the students to join with us,” said the President of the association.

“The government will face the consequences in 2019 elections for remaining apathetic towards our cause,” he added.

Meanwhile, opposition political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in particular, tried to draw political mileage by extending its support to the teachers and several senior leaders of the party including former Education Minister Samir Dey joined the agitating teachers.

Simultaneously, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patro said that the government fully aware of the problems due to closure of schools and showing a brave front assured that the government will sort out the issues soon, he added.

Thousands of block grant teachers have been sitting on dharna at Lower PMG square here braving rains and scorching sun, demanding fulfillment of a 11 –point charter of demands including abolition of the block grant system, equal salary for equal work, implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, provision of full aid, government takeover of all aided schools among others.

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