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JAMMU: Observing that the orders of the Education Department were observed more in breach than in compliance, Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the large scale mid-term transfers and attachments order being issued at various levels by unscrupulous functionaries of the Department.
He said that the officers at the level of Director and CEOs, giving a damn to the ban on transfers and attachments, continued to issue such orders with impunity with none to take cognizance. He said that while the un-influential and ‘inconvenient’ were made to content on the plea of ban, the transfers orders and attachments of favorites and of those who could afford were a regular feature in the department.
Alleging gradual deterioration in Education system over the years, Singh said that criminal apathy of the helmsmen towards this vital department had proved the major stumbling block in the development of our human resources. The discontent among teachers, pupils and the general public especially of remote and far flung areas was fast growing, said Singh. He said that whimsical and motivated transfers in defiance of norms and policy guidelines had created huge resentment not only amongst teaching community but the general masses as well.
The remote areas were the worst causality of the irregular transfers where majority of the schools faced chronic staff deficiency with many of them having become defunct. And to add fuel to the fire, the department showed utter disregard to the pressing issues of teachers, ReTs, temporary teachers, lecturers including contractual lecturers who were forced to take to streets even for their most genuine concerns.
With the teachers and ReTs deprived of their salaries for months, their demand for regular payment was responded with Lathis and police action, he regretted.
Likewise there were no takers for the agitation launched by contractual lecturers of 10+2 whose relay hunger strike had entered 457 day.
He said that with a highly demoralized and demotivated teaching staff, the government could not expect to cure the ailing and diseased schooling system in the government sector.
Urging upon the new Education Minister to streamline the Education sector, Singh said that a beginning was required to be made by appointing officers of integrity as District heads/CEOs, a transparent transfer policy, action against all those responsible for mid-term transfers, zero km transfers, attachments in violation of norms, provision of adequate staff in deficient and defunct schools in rural areas, cancellation of all attachments/deployments without any exception, withdrawal of deputation orders of teachers posted in offices of DCs, SDMs, Tehsildars and those deployed for election duty etc.
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