The Odisha government has announced increase in the monthly remuneration of Sikhya Sahayaks (SSs) and junior teachers which will be effective from the current month. This was announced by School and Mass Education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda in the Assembly.
While the remuneration of SSs is hiked by Rs 1200 per month, the junior teachers in government primary and upper primary schools will get additional Rs 2500 per month.
Henceforth, the SSs will draw an amount of Rs 5,200 instead of Rs 4000 while the junior teachers, who were paid Rs 4,500 per month, will now get Rs 7000 from the current month.
As many as 33,044 Sikhya Sahayaks and 36,000 junior teachers will be benefited with the revised salary structure, Nanda said.
"The state government has to bear an additional burden of Rs 176.76 crore per annum due to hike in the pay packet of SSs and junior teachers," Nanda said.
The All Odisha Sikhya Sahayak Association welcomed the decision. Opposition Congress, on the other hand, termed it as a pre-election gimmick of the ruling party.
Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh said the government has taken such decision keeping the 2014 general elections in mind.