ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh Physical Education Association (APPEA) recently organized a protest rally from Akashdeep to the tennis court near here, demanding immediate conduct of Physical Education Teacher (PET) recruitment for 30 pending posts, increase in the post vacancy and deletion of persons with disabilities (PwD) post reservation.
Speaking to the reporters, APPEA spokesperson Hemant Gamre said that the association has been demanding for conduct of PET of the 30 posts pending since 2018. It is also the same with the increase in the post vacancy and deletion of PwD post reservation.
"The 30 post for PET was sanctioned and advertised in the year 2018 by the concerned department. But later after two years of gap, the department said that it had to be cancelled due to administrative inconvenience," he said.
He said that it has been almost five years since the exam was not being conducted. He asked why the aspiring candidates should suffer because of the administrative inconvenience and demanded that the department should immediately conduct the exam with upper-age relaxation.
Gamre also informed that there are many schools running without PET. Hence, the department should increase the number of post for PET so that every school has least one PET.
He said the association also demands that the State Government should create the post of Assistant Sports Officer (ASO) and District Sports Officer (DSO) by canceling the ASOs and DSOs who are actually in charge but performing as regular coaches in the district sports department.
"The department is assuring to conduct the exams for the posts. But the question still remains, when? If there is still delay, it will clearly indicate that there is corruption in the department," he said, also informing that if their demands are not met, then the association will be meeting the higher authorities in days to come.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Secondary Education (DSE) in a statement said the examination was supposed to be conducted by the department as directed by the court. However, the examination could not be conducted due to the notification issued from the AR department to conduct it by the APSSB or APPSC.
Ultimately, the decision came from the State Government that the examination will be conducted by APPSC. Moreover, the department also ensured that the age relaxations were provided to those candidates who had applied for the same post earlier.
Subsequently, in February 2022, the APPSC in a letter yet again directed the DSE to conduct the examination, due to which it was delayed. It was directed that posts reserved for PwD to be mentioned in requisition.
It was also informed that out of the 30 posts, one post has been recruited under Meritorious Sports Person (MSP), which caused 29 posts to remain. However, four additional posts were later added so that the total number of posts is now 33.
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