The teachers are on strike and unfortunately the government is doing nothing to find a solution. Their demands are bona fide
Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition in Assembly
Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties in the Assembly raised the teachers’ strike and the alleged sapling scam Thursday, and tried to corner the BJD government.
The cacophony from the Opposition leaders who raised the issues led to adjournment in the House for an hour. Later, the Assembly resumed and discussed some of the issues.
During Zero Hour, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra said, “The teachers are on strike and unfortunately the government is doing nothing to find a solution. Their demands are bona fide. Instead of solving the problem the government is on the offensive, and as per reports notices have been issued to the teachers threatening them with disciplinary action.”
Mishra also termed the alleged action as ‘undemocratic,’ and appealed to the Speaker to take up the matter for discussion through an adjournment motion Friday.
“There have been instances of Speaker trying to resolve problems through an all-party meet when the government fails to act,” he pointed out.
Senior BJP leader KV Singh Deo also raised the issue and accused the BJD government of not holding talks with the teachers. He also raised the issue of a High Court bench in western Odisha. He said, “There is need for a HC bench in western Odisha. The government keeps writing letters on the issue to the Centre, but when the Centre asks to comply with some of the prerequisites for setting up the bench, it fails to address those.”