Block Grant Abolished

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced abolition of Block Grant system in the State, which comes as a major relief for Block Grant teachers, whose agitation entered 17th day today,

The announcement was made by Mr.Patnaik at the State Secretariat today evening after discussions with the agitating teachers.
“The Block Grant system has been abolished and replaced with Grant-in-Aid system. This will benefit teachers, student and uplift quality of education. I request teachers to go back to their respective schools and start teaching,” said the Chief Minister.
Mr.Patnaik further stated that earlier the State Government in 2004 had introduced the block grant system to support teachers of schools and colleges that were earlier not getting any support from the government
“Now the Government has decided to support them further and in a historic decision, the Block Grant system has been abolished”, he added.

Following the Chief Minister’s announcement, the agitating teachers put their stir on hold. The teachers’ body has put a condition to fulfill the other demands within two months. 
The teachers, however would not be given the benefits of Seventh Pay Commission.
BJP had demanded implementation of recommendations of seventh pay commission for block grant teachers. 

Earlier, on Thursday, State School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra had said the State Government is ready to abolish block grant system of teachers in schools and colleges as demanded by the agitating teachers.  
"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has agreed on principle to abolish the Block Grant system," Mr.Patra had told Media as the teachers' agitation.  
The teachers have been demanding abolition of Block Grant system in which they get a consolidated amount without any allowances or other benefits. 
In fact, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi took initiative in sorting out the issues of the agitating teachers.
He convened several meetings and tried to convince them, while urging them to shun agitation.
Senior BJD leaders, Arun Sahoo, Pranab Prakash Das and others also deliberated with the agitating teachers and tried to sort out their long standing demands.  

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