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Salary withheld, university trainer on starvation strike with spouse and child- The New Indian Express

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JAGATSINGHPUR:  A principal faculty teacher along with his wife and two-yr-old son staged a hunger strike and threatened self-immolation more than non-revision and withholding of his salary, in entrance of the Collector’s office environment right here on Tuesday. 

Manoj Sethy, a instructor in BIC Nodal Significant University, Sirasta (Tirtol) has alleged that he was falsely implicated in a funds misappropriation case leading to his arrest in 2013. Though he was reinstated later, his salary has not been revised due to the fact 8 yrs. He also alleged that his income has been withheld for final two months.

Sources mentioned, Sethy, who belongs to Bidyadharpur less than Raghunathpur block, was functioning as in-demand headmaster in Abdul Rahim Nodal UP College in Tirtol in 2011. The federal government experienced sanctioned Rs 4 lakh in 2007 and Rs 4.10 lakh in 2011 for design of two further classrooms in the college but Sethy experienced refused to choose up the work reportedly owing to lack of manpower and expertise. 

Nonetheless, he afterwards agreed on the insistence of the then district challenge officer of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Nirmala Mishra to execute the do the job with assistance from  junior engineer Niranjan Behera. According to Sethy, at the time of design, officers demanded Rs 1.10 lakh towards bribe of which he paid Rs 60,000 though refusing to pay back the remaining sum. This apparently led to non-cooperation by the officials thanks to which the design could not be finished. 

Later, JE Behera lodged an FIR versus Sethy accusing him of misappropriation of money to the tune of Rs 5.88 lakh which led to the latter’s arrest in 2013. Sethy was subsequently suspended from obligation by the Block Education and learning Officer, Tirtol. In 2016, Sethy was reinstated as a trainer in a further faculty by the intervention of then Collector Bijay Ketan Upadhyay but has been allegedly dealing with harassment by officers till day. As his wage has not been revised considering the fact that 8 yrs, Sethy said it has turn into tricky for him to fend for his family members. Also, his salary has reportedly been withheld for previous two months as he could not go to faculty thanks to the lockdown. 

Collector Sangram Mohapatra, on getting Sethy’s memorandum, confident to resolve his concerns. More District Education Officer Paresh Patra stated Sethy known as off the stir immediately after acquiring assurance that his grievances will be redressed in just two to three days. 

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