Exponent Bureau, July 30,2023: In what could be called the highhandedness, fearlessness of law and core favoritism, the office of chief education officer Doda is an apt anology the way he is allegedly hands in glove with subordinate officers flinging the governments rules to dust. some blue eyed teachers under the alleged patronage of CEO Doda are making mockery of the government orders and policies enjoying the attachments and vague rationalization process which has long been abolished by LG administartion.
That Government of Jammu and Kashmir under LG administration has cancelled all attachments , deputations and rationalizations in education department to streamline the system and clean the filthy policies practiced earlier and thus ordered repatriation of all employees especially the teaching staff to their original place of posting with immediate effect. so, under the said orders ,CEO Doda consequently ordered cancellation of all the orders of rationalization of teachers with the directions to the teachers to report at original place of posting vide order number CEO/D/2023- 10462 dated 05-06-2023 but still few teachers numbering 9 in one cluster only have not reported to their original place which has been confirmed by cluster head ,principal HSS Barath on record which lies with the Bureau.
The correspondent reporting and investigating the issue called CEO Doda on his mobile on 24th of july 2023 to confirm the status of teachers and one particular case of Mehfooza Banoo , an RET teacher originally posted at PS Bahlal, zone Ghat regarding which the bureau had got 5 representations and repeated phone calls from the villagers who are reportedly suffering due to dearth of teachers in school, a school where Mehfooza Banoo has been originally appointed as RET some two decades back. The other teachers are out of original posting on one or other pretext very well known to CEO Doda. The CEO Doda denied any knowledge of such posting and further affirmed to get the status of the report confirmed from ZEO Ghat which is lying on record with the Bureau. From then on ,the CEO stopped picking up the calls or respond back to any message. it has come to the fore on our independent investigation that after cancellation of rationalization which was valid for Mehfooza Banoo till December 2022 which itself was an invalid rationalization owing to the fact that PS Bahlal has only two teachers and strength is more than 30 students, the rationalization was out of cluster which is clearly a violation of all set norms and procedures laid by the government.A school which has strength of more than 30 students can not be put on rationalization by transferring any teacher from there and also such rationalization can’t be done out of cluster.in this case both the rules have been put on shelf just to please an RET teacher on the directions of someone must be known to CEO Doda and ZEO Ghat.
The teacher was supposed to join back her duties as per government rulings ,at her original place of posting i,e PS Bahlal by November 30, 2022 which would entitle her to receive her salary for the next months and of winter vacations. instead the teacher joins back her duties on 20th may 2023 after a gap of atleast 6 months and then again on 29th may 2023, she is again attached to HS Babhore in clear violation of rules and this time too she is attached out of cluster which is cancelled yet again on 5th of June 2023. instead of joining back her duties at PS Bahlal, the teacher is attached at HS Bhabore orally and ZEO Ghat confims her attendance from HS Bhabore, withdraws her salary both of previous months and the ongoing period. This clearly alludes to the fact that the said teacher is enjoying the patronage of higher officials in clear gross violation of government rules, norms and statutes.
The correspondent then contacted ZEO Ghat to know the official version about the status of the case who is himself DDO zone Ghat after getting the relevant information from cluster Head ,the ZEO Ghat over a long conversation on phone admitted that he had orally attached the said teacher, Mehfooza Banoo on medical ground despite the fact that he had issued no such orders and thereby having no medical record on place till then which clearly elucidates that the said teacher was enjoying the oral posting due to blessings of seniors. The ZEO Ghat has even confirmed the attendance of the teacher on oral orders at HS Bhabor to which she has been attached. The ZEO withdrew her salary flinging all the rules to dust and making mockery of the government orders which is on record with the Bureau. . interestingly HS Bhabore is one such school where there is a surplus staff and there are umpteen schools who are running short of staff including PS Bahlal itself.
It has been reported from very reliable sources that the husband of Mehfooza Banoo is attached with DC Doda as wireless operator and he is allegedly using the clout of the office to harass, intimidate the officers and manage the attachment of his wife to the nearest school of his home village HS Bhabore leaving the poor students of PS Bahlal in lurch where Mehfooza Banoo has been appointed as RET teacher ,later confirmed in services in the year 2009.it has also come out of the investigation from our source that Mehfooza Banoo went for medical leave during her probation as RET for more than a month but it hasn’t been recorded in her service book thereby getting the earlier confirmation in to regular services and putting state exchequer to major loss due to difference of salary apart from concealment and forgery.
It has further come out of our report that the said teacher has got medical certification from GMC Doda through a medical board of doctors which too comes under the credentials of alleged doubt as the board of doctors has examined her on 15th of july 2023 and report issued on 21st of july 2023 after the issue came under the public gaze. From the perusal of medical reports it clearly looks that she is not capacitated enough to carry on the teaching task which needs efforts and medical reports suggest otherwise. There is no mention of medical history of such ailment for the last many years which also needs a through investigation as it has become a bad precedence In the system. The teacher is reportedly on leave since last week after the issue cropped up ,the complete details are lying with the Bureau.
our senior editor contacted the office of director school education Jammu who was out of station and has sought the details by monday to investigate the matter thoroughly apart from a telephonic talk to commissioner secretary school education department for strict action against the delinquent officers who are misleading the authorities and making fun of LG government.
The villagers and prominent citizens of the area have sent a written complaint to LG grievances cell for redressel of their problems owing to shortage of teachers in PS Bahlal and sufferings of the poor students.