Furore over primary teachers recruitment
Different organisations came out against alleged 'faulty and corrupted' procedure in recruiting primary school teachers. They demanded the procedure should be kept aloof from clutches of the leaders of the ruling party (read the CPI-M).
Secretary of Cooch Behar district unit of West Bengal Primary Teachers' Association Mr Avijit Dutta alleged that the District Primary School Council (DPSC) is no more a legally valid body and so it has no right to recruit teachers for primary schools. They demanded suspension of the recruitment process and submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate in support of their demand. They also demanded presence of no member in the interview committee related in any manner with any candidate.
President of Cooch Behar district unit of Trinamul Youth Congress Kumar Rajib Narayan said they already staged demonstrations at the office of the chairman of the DPSC. He alleged that the DPSC is associated with corruption, appeasement of kin of leaders of the ruling party and irregular procedure in recruitment. Alleging lack of transparency in recruitment process he demanded releasing of candidates' names and marks obtained by them in written examination and viva voce test.
Cooch Behar district unit of Chhatra Parishad also came out against the 'faulty' recruitment system. President of the district CP Mr Rakesh Chaudhury said they also staged demonstrations at the DM office and the DPSC office. He said the viva voce test of the candidates would be held on 11-16 August. Prior to that a few dishonest persons are engaged in earning a huge sum by promising jobs to the candidates who already passed the written examination. On the otherhand the relatives of the leaders of ruling parties are getting unwanted and ill-motivated opportunities to be recruited, he alleged.
Cooch Behar district magistrate Ms Smaraki Mahapatra made it clear that she would initiate a probe if she gets specific complaints over the recruitment system. The DPSC chairman Mr Kanak Mohanta however denied any discrepancy or irregularity in the recruitment process and winded up the allegation of corruption. - Debashis Bhaumik.