Bhubaneswar: Teachers of the 630 un-aided colleges of the State , were seen with Cherry Blossom shoe polishes and brushes while their feminine counterparts were seen either begging or rag picking throughout the day at Bhubaneswar.
They are in a mission to contribute to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund after the Government failed to pay them their salaries in last 16 years. Getting grant-in-aid now is a myth for the teachers. "If no grant for us, it is better we beg and polish shoes and collect money to fill the Chief Minister's coffers," ridiculed a lady teacher of Khurda.
The whole stretch of the road from Master Canteen Square to Kesari Talkies was filled with teachers polishing shoes and lady teachers either begging or rag picking. Even the vigilant security forces were respectful to their protest. Un-aided College Teachers and Employees Co-ordination Committee convener Golak Nayak made it clear unless the Government announces grant-in-aid to the 630 un-aided +2 and +3 colleges, the committee would remain stationed here at the PMG Square. He slammed Minister Dey saying he has lost his morality to remain in the post and warned of volatile consequences. "How the families of 7,500 teachers and employees will run if they are not getting money for their service?" he asked. Later, all the striking teachers moved door to door in MLA Colony and Forest Park residences of senior bureaucrats for shoe polishing with the lady teachers begging and rag picking.