Bhubaneswar: In a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Odisha Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas, it was decided that Odisha Government will recruit Language Based (LB) teachers in all the districts of Odisha, as a large number of posts for teachers are remaining vacant in different primary schools for a long time.

It was decided at the meeting that as many as 17,543 Shiksha Sahayaks would be engaged in primary schools against the existing vacancies, appointed by a special recruitment drive. The teachers will be appointed for languages such as Telugu, Urdu and Bengali.

Mr. Patnaik directed the District Collectors to issue notifications to start the process of recruitment immediately, sources said. Moreover it was decided that Shiksha Sahayaks proficient in Bangla, Urdu and Telugu would be given engagement in those schools having concentration of students of linguistic minorities.

All the Districts collectors have been asked to submit reports on requirement of Language Based (LB) teachers in their respective districts.

In the meeting Mr. Patnaik asked School and Mass Education Department Minister, Mr. Pratap Jena to take immediate steps to engage Shiksha Sahayaks proficient in their own languages before the next academic year.

“Earlier, Urdu and Telugu-speaking students were given education in their mother tongue for their MIL papers. Odisha has sizeable number of Bengali and Telugu populations. Besides a good chunk of Urdu speaking muslims spread across the State. After getting reports from different districts, the School and Mass Education Department will appoint the required number of LB teachers in the districts with the status of Sikshya Sahayakas,” said Mr. Jena.