Opposition BJP, JCC-J stage walkout in Chhattisgarh Assembly over education issue

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The main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with Janta Congress Chhattisgarh –Jogi (JCC-J) staged a walkout during the Question Hour of the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly’s Winter Session, on Monday. Both BJP and JCC-J did not satisfy with the answer given by School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam. Members of both opposition parties strongly raised the issue of appointment of guest teachers, salary discrepancies and unnecessary delay in the appointment of 14580 teachers.

Earlier, BJP MLA Dr Krishnamurty Bandhi questioned the intention of state government over appointment of Vidya Mitan and their salary. In reply, school education minister Dr Tekam said there is no such post like Vidya Mitan. There is an interim arrangement of guest teachers which was made for schools in remote areas facing crisis of teachers.  Guest teachers are not appointed by government. School management committees appoint them to address the teacher shortage issue. A total of 2220 guest teachers were appointed in the state.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA Ajay Chandrakar asked about the time limit for the appointment of 14580 teachers. He said that an advertisement regarding the appointment was published two years back. Another BJP MLA Shivratan Sharma also wanted to know the same.

In reply, school education minister Dr Tekam said that the process of appointment is on. Advertisement for the same was published on March 9, 2019. The process was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, appointment will be done after the verification.

The Leader of Opposition, Dharamlal Kaushik, informed the House that salary is not being given to guest lecturers. It was mentioned in the order that the services of guest teachers will be continue till the appointment of regular teachers. Therefore they should be given salary, said Kaushik. Dr Tekam said that the offline teaching of students was not possible due to Covid-19 and therefore the services of the guest teachers are not required. Kaushik questioned whether salary will be given to them. Dr Tekam did not cleat his stand on the matter forcing the oppositions to stage walkout.

\Inquiry ordered into complaint against hostel superintendent

BJP MLA Indu Banjare raised the issue of cook and sweepers who were sacked from pre-matric and post-matric hostels (boys and girls). School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam said the Ashrams and hostels are closed due to Covid pandemic. So there is no chance of restoring their services unless situation gets normal. The MLA also alleged corruption committed by the hostel superintendent and demanded removal of such people from her district. MLA Ajay Chandrakar and MLA Shivratan Sharma too joined the voice and demanded inquiry in the presence of the MLA. Dr Tekam said he would order an inquiry into the matter and involve the MLA.

‘Tribal teachers are deprived of Departmental Exam of Block Coordinator’

MLA and Pradesh Congress chief Mohan Markam and MLA Brihaspat Singh said in the House that tribal teachers are deprived of departmental examination of block coordinator. Since the merger of their services with the school education department, they are now allowed to sit in the departmental examination which is injustice to tribal teachers. The School Education Minister said that the work of block coordinator is administrative.

The Examination was conducted on November 22, 2011 and May 31, 2012 in which 27 and 93 candidates had appeared. However, 10 candidates in 2011 and 35 in 2012 were elected. The Minister also cited the recruitment rule 2011. On it, Brihaspat Singh said that the Minister does not able to understand his department.

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