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Sajalendu Das Laskar’s joy knew no bounds

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SILCHAR, May 18: It will not be another idiosyncratic example of exaggeration to state that the whole town is buzzing with the news of the appointment of Sajalendu Das Laskar, associate professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Cachar College, Silchar, as one of the members of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC). His joy knew no bounds when he received the news a couple of days before the official declaration which was made public on May 14 through a notification. Since then, his cell phone has not stopped ringing. Hailing from Jalalpur, a remotely located village, Sajalendu Das Laskar, always wanted to become a teacher. Jalalpur is a village which had no water or electricity connection.

Laskar has given 33 years of his life to Cachar College and will retire very soon. In fact, he left his lucrative and permanent job of a Customs Inspector after serving for only six months. Talking to The Sentinel, the sexagenarian Laskar said, “I am in cloud 9 and overjoyed and anxious at the same time. It will be a challenge for me. The present government, especially Sarbananda Sonowal government, is determined to wipe out corruption. The zero tolerance policy towards corruption is the main forte of this government. The selection procedure of APSC members has been legitimate, lawful and genuine. I will try my level best to honour the position by serving truthfully and honestly.”

“I used to idolize and idealize my school teachers. So, teaching had to be my dream job. I joined Cachar College with a monthly stipend of Rs 6000 only. Money and satisfaction are different things for me. I always wanted to teach. My family, relatives, teachers, friends and well wishers have always supported me in my endeavours. The tainted history of APSC which made headlines will not be repeated. Appointments will be given only to eligible candidates through legitimate means,” said Sajalendu Das Laskar.

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