Officials taking hefty bribes against suspensions: Baramulla teachers

Baramulla: Scores of government teachers Wednesday staged protests against their senior officers and the clerical staff, accusing them of taking hefty bribes for reinstating teachers suspended on ‘flimsy grounds’.
The teachers, under the banner of Teachers’ Forum, assembled at the office of Chief Education Officer (CEO) and staged strong protests against his deputy and other clerical staff.
Shouting slogans against the Deputy Chief Education Officer (DCEO), the protesters alleged that the former was suspending the teachers on flimsy grounds and later reinstating them after taking hefty bribes from them.
“The clerical staff is extending full support to the DCEO in this illegal activity. They have made it a regular practice to suspend and reinstate teachers,” president, Teachers Forum, Mohammad Rafiq Rather told Kashmir Reader.
Ishfaq Ahmad, a teacher, alleged that no post of DCEO exists in the Education Department. He said the clerical staff has not been transferred even once in the last 20 years.
However, CEO, Baramulla Syed Abdul Rouf said the teachers should not resort to mere accusations but should come with a proof that the officials were taking bribes from them.
“If the teachers have evidence, they should approach me so that I can take strong action against the guilty. The teachers are protesting because some of them were placed under suspension by my deputy when found absent from duties,” he added.