Merger of shikshakarmis practically not possible: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2017 11:06:08


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Dr Raman Singh says door is open for discussion on other demands of shikshakarmis

Making state government’s stand on shikshakarmi merger clear, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Monday said there is no question of merger. “We cannot talk on merger issue of shikshakarmis as it is practically not possible,” said Chief Minister while talking to mediapersons on the sideline of the inaugural function of Gondwana Cup All India Tennis Tournament at VIP’s Club.

The government is ready to talk on all other demands of shikshakarmis except merger with the education department, Chief Minister said while referring to the ongoing strike by the shikshhakarmi (panchayat/urban bodies). Speaking about the education getting affected in government schools due to the strike, Chief Minister said that the government has already made alternate arrangements to overcome the situation. Retired teachers, 12th pass youths are being invited to take over the teaching job in the schools as part of temporary arrangement by the state government. It needs to be mentioned, shikshakarmis are on strike since November 20 demanding merger, benefits of 7th Pay Commission Recommendation, eradication of discrepancies in the salary of Grade-III etc. The shikshakarmis had several round of talks with Additional Chief Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development, M K Raut and Principal Secretary, School Education, Vikas Sheel followed by a marathon discussion on the demands with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on November 19, day before the shikshakarmis went on indefinite strike.

Although Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had given a green signal to shikshakarmis’ demand of 7th pay recommendations and other demands and directed to form a committee headed by the Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand to look into it, shikshakarmis remained obstinate demanding a written assurance, failing to which they went on strike.