On the occasion of Teachers Day a major section of school teachers in the state of Odisha observed “Black day” to protest against the Government’s alleged negligence towards them.
While protesting against the non-implementation of grant-in aid order of 1994 to the schools, the teachers who belonged to School Teachers’ Federation of Odisha (STFO), an umbrella organization of 14 teachers organizations tied black ribbons over their mouth and sat on dharna at Mahatma Gandhi Marg.
SFTO which is the largest federation of teachers in the state of Odisha has been agitating since last 27 days and will continue with the protest if the demands are not fulfilled. SFTO convenor Prakash Chandra Mohanty said, “Since the government is yet to take any decision over our demand, we are observing the sacred Teachers Day as a Black Day.”
As per the reports given y the sources on August 26 even the state government formed a seven-member minister-level committee to discuss the teachers’ demand of full grant-in-aid and seven of the nine teachers’ bodies had withdrawn their protest. The same issue was also raised by MLAs in assembly and is under the process of consideration.
Upon questioning to state School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra about his reaction, he bluntly said “It is upto them (teachers) to ask their conscience.”