Odisha government on Thursday announced increase in remuneration for Gana Sikshyaks (a category of school teachers) based on their qualifications, training and seniority. The announcement was made in the State Assembly by School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.

The Minister said the career advancement policy for the Gana Sikshyaks will be effective from April 1, 2013.

As per the new policy, April 1, 2013 will be taken as the cut-off date for considering seniority of the Gana Sikshyaks. Those who had worked satisfactorily for six years will be considered as seniors.

Gana Sikshyaks, who are seniors as per the new policy and are matriculates, will get a remuneration of Rs. 3,700 per month.

Those who had done matriculation along with CT, +2 or +3 and re senior as per the new policy will get Rs. 4,200 per month.

Similarly, trained +2 and +3 passed Gana Sikshaks with seniority will get a monthly remuneration of Rs. 5,200 per month, Mr. Nanda announced. The Minister said those Gana Sikshyaks with educational qualification of +2 or more along with required training and had completed six years of work satisfactorily or three years after training, will be taken as Zilla Parishad Group-II teachers. Their monthly remuneration will be Rs. 7,000.

The Gana Sikshyaks, who satisfactorily complete three years as Group-II Zilla Parishad teachers, will be considered regular Zilla Parishad teachers.

Mr. Nanda said 22,724 Gana Sikshyaks will be benefited from the new policy and the State government would bear an additional burden of Rs. 123.07 crore towards payment of remuneration for them. The announcement of hike in remuneration for the Gana Sikshyaks comes a few days after the government announced increase in the monthly remuneration of Sikshya Sahayaks and junior teachers.