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Despite Edu Secy’s orders, govt teachers deployed as BLOs


Despite Edu Secy’s orders, govt teachers deployed as BLOs

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, october 7

Though Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education, had last month asked all deputy commissioners to relieve the teaching staff pressed into the service for voter verification programme as booth-level officers (BLOs), a number of teachers are still performing this task in Muktsar.

The letter sent by the Secretary, School Education, had clearly stated that non-teaching staff could be deployed for the purpose and teachers should be exempted.

A government teacher said today that nearly 10 teachers had been relieved from the duty of BLO in the Malout block after they approached the district election authorities. “However, a number of teachers are still deployed as BLOs. Kumar had clearly stated in his letter that the non-availability of teachers during school hours was affecting the studies of students,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, another government teacher said they were given honorarium for the duty of BLO, but they were still in Catch-22 situation. “If we perform the duty of a BLO then it is the violation of the order of Secretary, School Education, and if we don’t perform this duty, then it is a violation of the orders of the district election authorities,” said the teacher.

Irate over it, the representatives of Government Teacher Union today met the Malout SDM and urged him to relieve the teachers from duty of BLO. They claimed that nearly 20 teachers were still working as BLOs in the Malout block alone.

Malkit Singh Khosa, District Education Officer, Muktsar, said, “We have provided the list of non-teaching staff to SDMs and a number of teachers have been relieved from the duty of BLO. Some teachers are working as BLOs, but only at those places where non-teaching staff is not available. Even I am performing the duty of a supervisor and 10 BLOs are working under me.”

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