The state has increased the salaries of junior teachers by 50% – Times of India

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Monday announced a 50 per cent increase in the salaries of junior teachers and junior teachers (contract-based). The decision will benefit 33,038 teachers working in various primary schools across the state.

The increase will be effective from January 1 for primary school teachers. As per the decision, contract junior teachers who are getting a salary of Rs 7,400 per month will now get Rs 11,000 per month. Similarly, the salary of junior teachers has been increased from Rs 9,200 to Rs 13,800.

This official decision will help 13,324 contract junior teachers and 19,714 junior teachers in the state. The state exchequer will bear an additional cost of Rs 168 crore annually for the increased salaries of these junior teachers.

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The move comes three days after the government enacted the 7th Pay Commission to increase the salaries of about 42,000 teachers and non-teaching staff in newly aided private high schools, upper primary (ME) schools, madrasas and aided private colleges.

About 26,164 teachers and non-teaching staff of private high schools, UP (ME) schools and madrasas who have received 100 per cent grant-in-aid will benefit from such augmentation. Similarly, an estimated 15,664 subsidized college teachers and non-teaching staff will receive such increased financial benefits, official sources said.

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For the last four years, teachers, non-teachers and employees have been demanding revised salaries. Earlier, they received grant-in-aid as recommended by the 6th Pay Commission.

The extended grant-aid will be conceptualized from January 1, 2018, while the actual increased financial benefits will be effective from January 1, 2022.

In the New Year, the state government has regularized the employment of 8,102 contract junior teachers. During the winter session of the state assembly, teachers staged an indefinite dharna in the lower PMG demanding regularization of their jobs.

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