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Shiksha mitras call off the protest amid CM Yogi Adityanath’s ‘positive response’

After a long battling with the state government, Shiksha Mitras (Ad hoc teachers) on Wednesday had decided to call off their protest. The undying demands of Shiksha Mitras for permanent jobs were constantly fell on the deaf ears until Wednesday when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised for a “positive” response. The protest entered on the third day when the eight-member delegations met with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath submitting a memorandum of their demands.

“We won’t be accepting the honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month,” said Jitendra Sahi President of the Adarsh Samayojit Shiksha Mitra Welfare Association. Adding further, he said, “We suggested the CM the idea of ‘same work, same salary’ as the Ashram Paddhati Vidyalaya teachers are also ad hoc and are getting the benefit of the same.”

Adding further, he said, “The Chief Minister assured on this part and asked the Additional Chief Secretary (Basic Education) to look into the possibilities and find a solution as soon as possible”

Avinash Singh, the state secretary of the association, said, “CM Yogi Adityanath assured us and is willing to find a solution and after receiving the positive response from his side we are calling off our protest.” However, Principal Secretary Information Awanish Awasthi said that no assurances were given. “Additional Chief Secretary (Raj Pratap Singh) will look into it and make a decision as soon as possible,” he said.

Last month, the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of Shiksha mitras as full-time teacher – a move that was undertaken by the previous government in the state, Akhilesh Yadav, in 2014.

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