Srinagar: The twin State Project Directorates of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), meant to look after the two education programmes of the Government of India, have become choice postings for relatives and acquaintances of former ministers and bureaucrats.
Despite the School Education Department’s repeated statements on record that it would detach teachers from clerical jobs in various offices and send them back to their parent departments, well-placed sources told Kashmir Reader that at least 15-20 teachers and lecturers, several of them relatives and acquaintances of former ministers in the PDP-BJP coalition government and of top-rung officials, have been deployed at the two directorates.
These teachers and lecturers, who were supposed to be teaching in schools, have instead been placed in different sections at the two directorates “without any work”, as per sources.
Among the many influential teachers and lecturers deployed at the twin directorates, sources revealed that the wife of a minister in the PDP-BJP government, the wife of an ex- State Project Director RMSA, and the wife of an ex-secretary School Education Department have been deployed at the SSA and RMSA directorates.
They have been “sitting idle” at the twin directorates, “only drawing salaries”, sources said of them.
One of these three deployed teachers, as per sources, is even “occupying a CEO-rank post”.
Some teachers’ union leaders have also accommodated themselves at the directorates, sources said. Although the then Commissioner Secretary School Education Department, Shaleen Kabra, had detached one of the teachers’ union leaders, “he got himself back after Kabra’s transfer,” sources said.
Besides, an influential lecturer “who is supposed to be teaching in school”, and some teachers recruited under the Prime Minister’s Development Package, have been deployed at the twin directorates, as per sources.
The unnecessary deployments at the twin directorates are unlikely to be done away with despite recent government orders because officials at the helm in the SSA and RMSA have “tricked the government,” sources alleged.
Sources also revealed that a top retired official, whose “hiring” was recommended by ex-Education Minister Altaf Bukhari, “got himself placed” as Consultant, SSA, at the project directorate for two years recently.
“He got himself placed through Bukhari. He was posted at the secretariat, where he developed proximity with the education minister,” the source revealed.
At the SSA state project directorate in uptown Barzulla, the “consultant”, the source remarked, “has just occupied a room without any job, without any assigned work.”
Despite Governor NN Vohra recently questioning the appointment of such consultants under the PDP-BJP government, the consultant “is continuing there,” said the source.