EDUCATION & CORRUPTION: Probe into school job – allegations of political nepotism ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, Aug. 6: The state school education department has decided to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of nepotism against the Jalpaiguri primary school council in charge of recruiting primary teachers in the district.
In a letter to Jalpaiguri district magistrate Vandana Yadav, the additional state project director of the West Bengal Sarva Siksha Mission said a five-member team led by T.K. Adhikary, a joint secretary of the department, will reach Jalpaiguri tomorrow.
The letter also said the team would need the copies of the draft and the final panel of the names of selected candidates, resumes of the those whose selection has come under scanner, their answer scripts and the marksheets of viva voce, both individual and consolidated.
“I, would, now request you to be kind enough to inform chairman, DPSC, Jalpaiguri to make available aforesaid documents on 07.08.10 by 3.30pm before the enquiry committee for doing the needful…,” read the letter.
Following the publication of results to recruit 1,411 primary teachers across the district, the Trinamul Congress, the Congress and even the DYFI had launched protests, alleging that candidates close to CPM leaders have been selected and several deserving aspirants deprived.
The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad had also closed down block offices and those of the sub-inspectors of schools in the Dooars.
Armed with the letter, Nabakumar Burman, the subdivisional officer of Jalpaiguri (sadar), reached the council office and requested the Trinamul Youth Congress leaders to withdraw their sit-in which had closed down the office for the past one week.
Trinamul leaders took two hours to take a decision and finally announced that they would allow the inquiry team to enter the office tomorrow, but would not withdraw their demonstration.
With the loudspeakers blaring slogans against the government, the administration decided to arrest the protesters, and soon, more than 150 policemen reached the spot.
After the arrest order was issued, there was a minor scuffle. Around 120 protesters were taken to Kotwali police station and later released.
The Trinamul leaders later accused the police of resorting to coercion.