NAHARLAGUN, Jun 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) has expressed its dissatisfaction with Education Minister Er. Taba Tedir’s handling of the recent illegal appointment of primary teachers under the Directorate of Elementary Education in Longding district. The APYC is now demanding an independent investigation into the entire scandal.
In a statement, APYC President Tarh Johny stated that the Education Minister should take moral responsibility for the repeated poor performance in CBSE exams, despite the BJP government declaring 2021 as the ‘Year of Education’ and allocating a substantial amount of Rs. 1,000 crore to improve the education system in the state. According to Johny, the government’s declaration was nothing more than lip service and an attempt to hide their underlying motives.
Regarding the illegal appointment of primary teachers, Johny criticized the formation of a three-member high-level inquiry committee consisting of the concerned appointing authority, deeming it a significant blunder and raising questions about its credibility. He pointed out that this scam appears to have been orchestrated at the highest level and executed fraudulently, as any appointment in any department should be carried out with the knowledge and approval of the relevant authority. He questioned how the top officers of the education department were unaware of this fraudulent activity.
Johny further stated that the integrity of the high-level inquiry committee is questionable, as it is unlikely for an officer or official to declare their own involvement if included in the committee. He emphasized the need for a thorough investigation across the state to uncover the facts, as this scam seems to have been ongoing for many years.
Moreover, the termination of the 28 appointed teachers and making them scapegoats will not be sufficient, as there is a possibility of involvement by higher-ranking individuals. The APYC demands that the case be immediately handed over to the SIC (Special Investigation Cell) or SIT (Special Investigation Team) to apprehend the culprits, regardless of their power or position. The APYC insists on an independent probe, extending from the Commissioner to DDSE level in all districts of Arunachal Pradesh, to ensure justice is served.