EDUCATION CORRUPTION WATCH: Letter hints at irregular selection

EDUCATION CORRUPTION WATCH: Letter hints at irregular selection – au naturale Bengal ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Aug. 10: A senior school education department official has asked the chairman of the District Primary School Council in Jalpaiguri to explain if he complied with rules in the recruitment of teachers, dropping enough hints that there were anomalies in the selection drive.

A letter sent by the director of school education to the council chairman Mrinal Pal on July 29 carried the names of 34 people who made it to the final list of candidates chosen for primary school teachers’ jobs.

The names were sent to the director by Jalpaiguri district magistrate Vandana Yadav, who wanted to know what rules and criteria were followed in the recruitment.

“The letter is enough to indicate that there was nepotism and malpractice in the recruitment process. The district magistrate has sought the criteria and guidelines from the state school education department as she must have found something wrong while going through relevant documents,” said Saikat Chatterjee, the Jalpaiguri district Youth Congress president.

“We suspect that the candidates named in the letter are relatives or close acquaintances of CPM leaders,” he added. Chatterjee asked the council chairman to shun silence and to make the results of recruitment exams public.

Today also, Pal evaded questions on the charges levelled against him.

After the publication of the final list to recruit teachers to 1,411 posts last month, the Trinamul Congress and the Congress took to streets, alleging nepotism and corruption in the selection process.

They alleged that friends and relatives of CPM leaders had cornered the jobs and demanded the cancellation of the list.

Even the DYFI, the youth wing of the CPM, submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate and sought a probe into the recruitment drive.

Following demonstrations and the closure of the council office by the agitators, the school education department was forced to form a five-member inquiry team headed by P.K. Adhikary, a joint-secretary in the department.

The probe team placed a box at the district magistrate’s office for the aggrieved candidates and the public to drop complaints. The box is scheduled to be kept till August 17 and after that, it will be opened by the inquiry team. Even today, a number of people were seen dropping sealed envelopes in the box.

Sources at the district magistrate’s office said Yadav had written to the director of school education on July 8.

“As several complaints poured in, particularly about the 34 candidates, the district magistrate wrote to the director, seeking guidelines and norms for the recruitment of primary teachers,” said an official.

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