PATNA: Teaching and other allied works in over 545 Kasturba Gandhi residential girls schools across the state was restored on Wednesday after over 9,000 contractual officers and employees of Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) including around 5,400 contractual teachers and other employees of Kasturba schools, called-off their nine day long indefinite strike following a “fruitful” talk with the state government at the secretariat here.
“We decided to call-off the strike after the state government gave an assurance to take judicious action on our all demands,” the BEPC Employees’ Union general secretary Shiv Shankar Prasad told TOI on Wednesday. He said, the officers representing the government in the talk, also assured in writing that they would refer the demand of service regularisation to the appropriate committee formed recently to look into the issue of regularisation of all contractual employees of state government.
Principal Secretary (education) R K Mahajan represented the government while Prasad, Mahesh Kant Rai, Shambhu Prasad and Vidyawati Kumari (of Gaya Town block Kasturba School) represented the union during the talk.
“Works in all 545 Kasturba Gandhi schools and BEPC’s state and district level offices were badly hit, as all contractual employees, engineers and teachers, including 2,000 resource teachers had gone on strike. But all works affected due to the strike resumed on Wednesday,” Prasad said.
The BEPC employees were on indefinite strike since June 9 to press for their 11-point demands. Their main demands include regularisation of services of all contractual employees and teachers of the council and Kasturba Gandhi schools, regularisation and adjustment of services of ‘resource teachers’ against the regular posts of teachers and implementation of sixth payscale for all council employees with effect from January 1, 2006.