Protesting against dilly-dallying attitude of the State Government towards the demand for converting 40 per cent Block Grant to full Grant-in-Aid, the lecturers and employees of 662 category colleges have decided to lock their colleges sine die from August 22 and stage demonstration before the State Assembly during coming session.
The teachers of these colleges alleged that after working for 20 years, they were eligible to get only 40 per cent block grant, sealing their remuneration at Rs 5733 per month, which is four to five times less than that of a peon working under the State Government.
More than 50 per cent of students are pursuing higher education in colleges under this category. These students have also supported the cause of their teachers.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the affected lecturers at Choudwar Women’s College on August 15 after the Government turned deaf ear to their problem even after repeated agitations.
The association had decided not to conduct any Plus Two or Plus Three examination but BJD Leader Sanjaya Das Burma intervened and requested them to conduct the examinations on the promise that their cases of GIA will be finalised soon. But no step has been taken till date, said a lecturer.