Teachers deprived of regularization urge Assam CM to launch probe
A section of Lower Primary School teachers, who have been deprived of getting their posts regularized
LAKHIMPUR: A section of Lower Primary School teachers, who have been deprived of getting their posts regularized, has unearthed the massive corruption that took place in the Education Department of Lakhimpur district in connection with the regularization move.
In this regard, the district union of the deprived teachers convened a press meet in North Lakhimpur Press Club on Tuesday. These teachers were appointed in 2001 and then they drew their salaries and completed the required basic training too. But for alleged 'mysterious reason', they have been deprived of their salaries since 2004 and 2006. Unfortunately, they have also been deprived of their posts getting regularized during the move initiated by the existing State government in the current year. For this, the deprived teachers have attributed the blame upon the massive corruption that took place in the Deputy Inspector office of the district. In this regard, they raised a complaint against 2 employees of Lakhimpur DI office. They alleged that these two persons had made the list of teachers of the district for job regularization by transacting lakhs of rupees.
In this regard, addressing the mediapersons, adviser of the deprived teachers' union Niran Borah, Kumud Saikia, president Arun Hazarika, secretary Janmoni Borah alleged that a section of Education Department employees of the district had managed to regularize the posts of hundreds of teachers, who never drew salaries, by making a list full of flaws.
"In the list concerned, those teachers, drawing no salaries, were shown drawing their salaries and by this way the State government and the Education Department were misled regarding their status. Factually, the name of most of such regularized teachers were not included in the list submitted to Directorate of Education in 2012 and the list prepared in the district in 2017.
Moreover, most of them included in the lists were marked as drawing no salaries while some are seen to be non-qualified with their minor age to be appointed for government job. As a result of it, many genuine teachers of the district were deprived of their posts having regularized against the number of posts fixed by the government for regularization," adviser Kumud Saikia said in the press meet.
He further added that these deprived teachers have been noted as salary drawn teachers in the file of booklet submitted to the Directorate of Education in 2012. Despite such circumstances, many of these teachers were shown as 'drawing no salaries, during the hearing conducted by the District Education Department in 2017 by allegedly adding false information. In this regard, the Union of the deprived teachers recently filed an FIR to the Superintendent of Police of the district urging him to launch an investigation. On the other hand, a list of 188 teachers, whose salaries stopped after getting it, was made for the allotment of posts under the auspices of the then Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur in 2002-03 with the countersign of the District Elementary Education Officer, Deputy Inspector of Schools, Block Elementary Education Officer and Sub-Inspectors of Schools. But this original list was allegedly hidden in Lakhimpur Deputy Inspector office later and a new list was made. In the new list, the names of many teachers of the original list were excluded and name of new teachers were included. The name of the deprived teachers were not included in the list too, the dignitaries of the union informed in the press meet.
In connection, the union of the deprived teachers, in the press meet, cited six names of teachers who achieved appointment during the move of regularization of the teachers' post in the current year by committing many irregularities. The deprived teachers demanded the Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to launch an inquiry into the corruption that took place in the Education Department and to provide the deprived teachers justice.