Srinagar: Employees of the Chief Education Office (CEO) Srinagar and teachers are resenting the government move to shift the office from the premises of Directorate of School Education Kashmir.
As per government order no, 446-Edu of 2017 dated 18-07-2017, the Chief Education Office has been directed to be shifted to Pardasi House Bemina, to “ensure optimum accommodation for the smooth functioning of the Directorate of School Education with immediate effect”.
Officials said, the vacating of the building which was occupied by State Project Director SSA, is in process and the CEO is expected to shift soon.
The employees have expressed apprehensions over the move.
“The office is located at a Lal Chowk where everyone can reach but shifting to off route areas can create problems to all of us,” an employee said, asking not to be named.
“We reach the office during shutdowns and curfews because of the feasible locality. We will have problems in reaching new place which remains affected with stone pelting and other things,” said another employee.
The teachers associated with the department have also resnted the move.
Some of the teachers said they have to visit the office frequently for various matters regarding school and shifting would make the matters complicated.
“We could visit the office after school also. The office was in directorate’s campus and it would make our work easier. At least, the office should be around in the same vicinity,” Arshad, a teacher from Srinagar.
Requesting the Government to rethink about the shifting location, employees and teachers said,
“There are other Government owned buildings around Lal Chowk, Government should get a space there so that it would be feasible for everyone to come.”
Minister of Education Altaf Bukhari told Kashmir Reader that the office was shifted to avoid the public rush in both of the offices. “For the smooth functioning of the Directorate, we have called for the shifting of CEO,” adding “we have Government owned building in Bemina, so there will be no rent problem and all the employees and teachers can reach.”