Friday, January 18, 2019

PSTs recruitment cancelled due to administrative reasons; Is LG's, CS's assurances and MP's effort unworthy?

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 16: The administration on Jan 11, 2019 announced that the recruitment of PST notified by the education dept. vide F.No.8-10(1427)/Edn/CCB/PST-Rect (DR)/2018/3348 dated 16/7/2018 is cancelled due to administrative reasons, following which the candidates who had been selected for the posts of Primary School Teacher (PST) are now sitting on in dharna outside the Directorate of Education building at VIP road.
Earlier, at the same venue the candidates whose names were missing from the select list had sat on Dharna last month, their grouse being that they have been deprived of their rightful selection in spite of having scored higher marks. They ended their dharna only after the LG assured them of a review the selection process.
The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray along with applicants for recruitment to post of Primary School Teacher (PSTs) / Craft Instructor under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Dec 24, 2018 at Raj Niwas.
Hon'ble Lt Governor assured about commitment of Administration towards early filling up of vacancies in the Administration after thorough examination of all aspects in conformity with extant rules. He emphasized that the CTET exams were conducted and age-relaxation to applicants was considered. Also, 2 members have been included in the Directorate of Education Committee which will look into all the grievances and no such post will be filled up in Education Department till decision on Committee's recommendations.
Earlier, agitating candidates have informed TMI correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi on Dec 19, 2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.
However, this sudden cancellation notice from Education Department has raising many questions on recruitment process. Now the candidates are questioning how despite of constituting a committee and scrutinizing the applications, administration failed to untangle the PSTs recruitment issue?

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