Out Goes Block Grant System, In Comes Grant-In-Aid System

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Bhubaneswar: The 17-day long drawn battle between the block grant teachers and the state government over abolition of block grant system has ended with the announcement of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to abolish the block grant system.

The state government has decided to replace the block grant system with grant-in-aid system.

Making the announcement at the state secretariat this evening Naveen said,” The schools and colleges were previously not getting any support from the government. In 2004, my government took a landmark decision and started supporting through block grant system. Now my government has decided to support further and in a historic decision we will abolish the block grant system and replace it with grant-in-aid system.This will benefit teachers to uplift the education quality in the state.

The Chief Minister requested the teachers sitting on dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswr to go back to the schools and colleges and start teaching again.

The striking teachers have also suspended their agitation. The agitating teachers from schools and colleges had threatened to observe Teachers’ Day as Black Day unless their demands were not met.
“The Chief Minister has done away with the block grant system and introduced the grant-in-aid system,” School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra said.

“Under the grant-in-aid system, the teachers are entitled to get basic pay, grade pay and increments. The system will be effective from January 1, 2018,” the Minister added.

However, the minister emphasized that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations would not be implemented for the teachers.

“We have achieved 75 per cent of our demands after series of discussions. We have asked the government to consider the remainder of the demands within next two months,” Prakash Chandra Mohanty, Convenor, State Teachers’ Federation of Odisha (STFO) said.

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