Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, who kick-started seventh phase of Vikas Yatra from village Khadgawan in Koriya district, was accorded warm welcome with garlands and flower bouquets by Panchayat cadre Shikshakarmis in the Public meeting organised there. It need be mentioned that Shikshakarmis' pay scale would be made equivalent to the government teachers after eight years service, as announced by CM Dr. Raman Singh.
"Now the young and single shikshakarmis of our state will receive more of marriage proposal" said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on a lighter note while he was in conversation with Shikshakarmis at Dongargaon on the fourth day of Vikas Yatra Phase-II. Expressing their gratitude to the Chief Minister for better payscale, Shikshakarmis welcomed Dr Raman Singh by weighing him with the load of sweets (Laddu) at Dongargaon.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh adopting a sympathetic approach to the demands of beleaguered Shikshakarmis has agreed to reinstate all the terminated and suspended Shikshakarmis. The Shikshakarmis had gone on Strike on December 6, 2012 to press their various demands. The strike continued for more than a month and finally the State government took stern action against all the striking Shikshakarmis by suspending and also terminating many of them, who declined to joint their duties.
In a majot set back to the Shikshakarmis revolting for their two-point demands benefits of Sixth pay Panel recommendations and merger with the Education Department, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday sent a clear message saying the terminated Shikshakarmis for the time being will remain terminated till further order.
The striking Shikshakarmis were cautiously optimistic after their marathon meeting with Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh at mantralaya in naya Raipur on Friday. Responding to the assurance given by the Chief Minister, thousands of shikshakarmis (Grade-I, II and III) observing strike at Sapre School ground since December 3, 2012 till date postponed their courting arrest scheduled to be held on Friday. The Shikshakarmis, however, staged 'symbolic arrest' which went off peacefully.
The Shikshakarmi delegation coming out of the Vikas Bhavan, late on Thursday evening, declared that talks have failed to reach a consensus with the government. With this, the demand of striking shikshakarmis from the state government officials for sixth pay panel recommendation benefits and merger with education department has collapsed. The Shikshakarmis, thus have decided to court arrest on Friday.
Besides focus on the effective implementation of historic Food Security Act of Chhattisgarh and other schemes, foundations for which have already been laid, the State Government would ensure that the benefits of the public welfare schemes reach the last beneficiary, stated Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Wednesday. Reacting sharply on Shikshakarmis' strike issue, he said that Government cannot accept their current demands.
Around 30,000 Shikshakarmis from across the State, including thousands of women, organised a massive 'dhikkar rally' amidst raising slogans against Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, School Education Minister Brijmohan Agrawal and other BJP Ministers and leaders at Sapre School ground on Monday afternoon. However, the Shikshakarmis were blocked between Bijli office chowk (Near Sapre School) and Dharna Sthal (Budhatalab) by the heavy police force by barricading the routes.
Striking Shikshakarmis have decided to write letters with their 'blood' and shot it to Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and school Education Minister Brijmohan Agrawal to make them to realise that how difficult it was for the Shikshakarmis to manage themselves with the present facilities they were being facilitated with. "51 of our Shikshakarmis would write 51 letters in their blood.
The 1.80 lakh striking shikshakarmis of the state had on Tuesday refused to accept the state government's offer of providing the benefits of the sixth pay panel recommendations to those shikshakarmis who had completed at least 14 years in the job.