Ranchi: Jharkhand HRD Minister Baijnath Ram said the striking para-teachers called off their strike and would join duties from Noevember 1.
     
"A 20-member delegation, representing the para-teachers, called off the strike in my presence," Baijnath Ram told.
     
Stating that a committee would be formed to look into their demands, Ram said, "They demanded Rs 10,000 lump sum amount to all para-teachers, which is not in the hands of the state. I told them that the state government would intimate the Centre about their demand."
    
After the recent hike of Rs 700, the minimum lump sum amount to a para-teacher has gone up to Rs 5,200 and the maximum is Rs 6,700, the minister said.
     
Asked who would be entitled to get Rs 1000 hike as passed by the cabinet recently, Ram said, "those para-teachers passing Teachers Eligible Test. Presently, no one is entitled to that sum."
     
Altogether 84,000 para-teachers, who were employed at various levels of schools across the state some years ago, were on strike for the last two months, in support of their demand for regularization and salary at par with permanent teachers.
     
The meeting between the minister and the para-teachers held hours after the high court directing the state to take stringent action against the striking para-teachers as the stir was playing with the students.
    
The division bench of Chief Justice P C Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy observed that the strike by the para-teachers had put their future at stake.
    
The bench asked the government to place action taken report before the court on the next date of hearing on November 27.

(Agencies)

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