The Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers here on Monday staged protest demanding approval of regularization files. They alleged nobody from bottom to top in the government listens to them while Secretary Education according to them has been acting as autocrat and do not oblige to the directions coming from top in the hierarchy.
“We had met Parvez Dewan thrice when he was Advisor to the Governor. He made out our problem and wrote to Secretary Education asking him to address our long pending issue of approval of regularization files. To our shock, Secretary Education tore the letter of Deewan in pieces and rebuked us, when we approached him in civil Secretariat Jammu” ReT teachers said.
“I was shocked to hear from him (Secretary Education Shalin Kabra), who is Deewan and why should I take orders from him. Kabra didn’t oblige to Deewan though the later when talked to him over phone, he assured that the issue will be resolved within days. Secretary Education clearly told us that he doesn’t listen to anyone and do whatever we like to do. Even more shocking was when Secretary Education mockingly told us to approach Court against him. He behaves like an autocrat and doesn’t listen to anything,” the teachers said.
They said that cases of 727 ReT teachers lying with the government are genuine. “The then Advisor to Governor was too gracious and he even had directed the Joint Director to look into the matter. The Joint Director Education was supportive but on the behest of Secretary Education our cases were not taken up,” they said.
“When Shalin Kabra tore the letter of Parvez Dewan which he had handed over to us in Sidra Jammu, we approached Governor NN Vohra. Secretary Education did not pick up the phone when he was called by Governor Office,” they said.
Worth to mention here during the October Legislative Assembly session last year,BJP legislators had demanded sacking of Secretary School Education Department Shalin Kabra saying he had made the department defunct. The legislator while terming Kabra as ‘corrupt and incapable’ had alleged that he has been handed over powers in the education department who is ‘sidelining other officers’ in decision making.
“He (Kabra) has become one-man show and takes all policy making decisions wrongly which has ruined the department,” BJP legislator Ravinder Raina had said.
The BJP lawmakers had castigated the education minister for giving up his powers and handing over the department to an incompetent bureaucrat.