Odisha: High Power Committee to apprise Cabinet on block grant teachers’ issues
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Odisha: High Power Committee to apprise Cabinet on block grant teachers’ issues

Bhubaneswar: The High Power Committee (HPC) meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik here on Wednesday discussed the issue of block grant teachers and employees of the left-out schools.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting at the State Secretariat here, Patnaik said that the HPC would apprise the issue of the teachers to the Cabinet that a final decision.

Sources in the school & mass education department said that the state government had earlier announced a list of according grant-in-aid to about 1529 schools.

In the process, about 100 schools have been left out from the provision of block grant. There are also some girl’s high schools and well-performing schools in the pipeline.

At present, 1982 schools in the state are being provided with block grants. The meeting discussed different aspects of block grant teachers in detail.

Though it is not officially confirmed, it is learnt that the HPC is likely to propose inclusion of about 100 schools for government grant-in-aid.

However, the proposal will be forwarded to the Cabinet which will take a decision on the issue, possibly within a month.

This apart, the HPC also discussed about the mechanism for awarding well performing schools.

Earlier, the state government had announced to hike the salaries of the block grant teachers as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission and 60 percent of the grade pay. The hike will be implemented with effect from 1st of April this year.

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