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Tripura's desperate attempt to save 10,323 teachers: Silver living or Doomsday?

May 18, 2017 17:51

It’s been over one and a half months since the Supreme Court passed its verdict that 10,323 government teachers in Tripura would lose their jobs post December 31, 2017.

After repeated appeals to the MHRD for relaxation of regulations for inducting teachers ended in vain, the state government today pulled off a ridiculously outrageous decision to save the teachers facing termination. 13,000 posts were newly created in the Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Social Education in a cabinet meeting today. The posts would be notified within this week and filled up as soon as possible, state Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty told reporters this afternoon.

With numerous unexplained eligibility criteria, illegal age relaxation for overage candidates and a handful of other such decisions, the recruitment process faces a dilemma. It will either be the saviour of Communists in Tripura in the 2018 assembly election by making a stunning turnaround in public sentiment. Or it might just be the last nail in the coffin. Debraj Deb writes.

Addressing the media at the state secretariat here this evening, Education Minister Chakraborty said that a meeting of the state cabinet today decided to create and fill-up 12 thousand posts in five categories under his Department. One thousand more posts were created and would be filled up under the Department of Social Welfare and Social Education.

Concerned posts would be filled up with the condition of serving as fixed salaried employees for five years starting from the date of appointment.

Speaking about the categories of positions in which the recruitment process would be held, the minister said that 1,200 posts would be filled up in the position of Academic Counsellor, 3,400 posts would be filled up in the position of Student Counsellor while 1,500 posts of School Library Assistant, 300 posts of Hostel Wardens and 5,600 School Assistant posts would be filled up.

The post of Academic Counsellors would be filled up with candidates having post-graduation. The latter three would be filled up from Graduate candidates while candidates with Madhyamik and equivalent qualifications would be inducted in the posts of School Assistants.

When asked about the duties that the counsellors would be assigned with, the Education Minister said that they would be entrusted with the responsibility of counselling students about which disciplines they should choose in the course of senior secondary studies.

Student Counsellors would take it from the Academic Counsellors after students finally chose their subjects.

“They will guide students to do their best in their studies”, the minister said.

Surprisingly, none of these posts, which are strictly professional positions, would need a requisite professional training or experience.

“We shall want 5 years of teaching experience of the posts that need post graduation as qualification and 3 years of teaching experience for those that need graduation”, the minister said.

On a question about the age limit and eligibility of candidates who can apply for the said posts, the minister said that the age limit would be between 27 and 45 years of age. An additional age relaxation of five years would be available for candidates

The cabinet today also accepted the draft Recruitment Rules for these two departments that would hold this recruitment process accountable.

Though the minister couldn’t produce the Recruitment Rules in the press briefing, he said that it has got provisions of age relaxation for experienced candidates, which in turn, created further confusions, since in that case all candidates would have entry level upper age limit of 50 years.

The recruitment would not be held through written examinations. Verbal interviews might be held, the minister speculated. When asked if walk-in-interviews would be conducted, Chakraborty summarily rejected the idea. However, he couldn’t provide any satisfactory answers about the procedure of recruitment.

When asked if the posts were created keeping the issue of 10,323 teachers in mind, the education minister denied any such possibility, However, he admitted that all 10,323 teachers will be eligible to apply in the interview process of newly created posts.

A Division Bench of the High Court of Tripura comprising Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice SC Das ordered the cancellation of services of the teachers in Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate categories on May 07, 2014.

The state government had inducted 1,100 postgraduate, 4,617 graduate and 4,606 under-graduate teachers in three phases since March 2010.

Three petitions were filed in the apex court following the High Court’s verdict. An SLP was filed by the state government challenging the High Court’s verdict on humanitarian grounds. Two other petitions were filed by private parties who were aggrieved at the recruitment and its cancellation respectively.

A Division Bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit in March, 2017, upheld the High Court’s verdict and served a deadline till December 31, 2017 to the state government to frame fresh Recruitment Rules and complete induction of teachers who would replace the incumbent 10,323 teachers henceforth.

1,000 more posts were created under the Department of Social Welfare and Social Education. These would include Supervisors and Early Childhood Coordinators – both Group-C non-gazetted posts.

The cabinet also decided to fill up 11 posts in the Law Department for the State Legal Services Authority. All employees serving under the Dept of SWSE since 1991-92 on adhoc basis would be regularized as well. These posts include positions of Supervisors, Social Education Organizers and Superintendents.

Reacting to the government’s decision, CPI (M) state secretary Bijan Dhar today welcomed the move and said that it was a good decision. He denied to give any further comments on the issue.

Pradesh Congress spokesperson Tapas De welcomed the decision. Taking a mild jibe at the state government over the way the posts were created and their recruitment rules formulated, De said that it appeared that the posts were created to accommodate 10,323 teachers facing termination.

“Even if it is about accommodating them, it is good to see that these many people will not lose their livelihood”, the veteran politician said.

He added that the decision has exposed CPI (M)’s propaganda of central deprivation that stops them from giving new jobs. “This has proven that the government has sufficient funds and can give new jobs”, he said.

Former Opposition leader and Congress leader Ratan Lal Nath also criticised the state government saying that the move to induct people in these posts has proven that there is sufficient scope for recruiting new people.

BJP’s Pradesh spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb welcomed the decision but said that the move was most possibly an eyewash.

“If eligible unemployed candidates get a chance of employment, the BJP will be more than happy. But, there are certain question on the requirements that the government has placed”, he said.

Deb pointed out that the government has asked for teaching experience in all posts. “How can experience of a job that itself was illegal be considered legal?” he quipped.

By: Debraj Deb | Source: TNT-TheNortheastToday

May 18, 2017 17:51

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