In a bid to cover up a larger scam of illegal recruitments of physical training instructors (PTIs) in Punjab schools, the education department is satisfied with a mere communiqué to police for an FIR against eight illegal appointees, besides three erring officials zeroed in on in an inquiry report, while documents reveal 85 such illegal recruitments.
Of these 85 PTIs under the scanner, 68 had not even applied, while 17 others were found not to have fulfilled the qualification required for the job, revealed the documents in the possession of Hindustan Times.
HT had reported the scam on August 23, 2012, identifying 70 such illegal recruitments of which 55 had not even applied.
Now 85, these illegal appointees are still working, nearly two months after the department established the scam in its inquiry report.
They were among the 849 PTIs appointed in July-August 2012 from among the 2006 batch of applicants, after a long spell of legal tangles in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
“It will take some time,” director public instructions (DPI), school education, Kamal Garg told HT, when asked what action had been taken, as they were not even suspended for their procedural dismissal.
On the police action, since he wrote to the SSP for a first-information report (FIR) two months ago, the DPI said he was yet to check the update.
“I have written for lodging an FIR and we are looking into the matter at the department level also,” said DPI Kamal Garg.
So far, none of the three erring officials spotted in the department’s own inquiry report — deputy director Neelam Bhagat, now retired; deputy director Pankaj Sharma; and assistant director Jaswinder Nayar have got a show-cause notice.
A FAUX PAS IN PROBE?
Deputy director Ramesh Aggarwal, the inquiry officer, was found on a wrong footing as he gave a clean chit to two appointees whose actual merit in the original C-DAC list was far below.
He marked higher merit points for Sukhwinder Singh of Sheron village in Tarn Taran district (66.82 against the actual 60.97 in the C-DAC list) and for Kamalwjeet Singh of Dhanaula in Barnala district (65.52 against 55.76 in the C-DAC list).
In another anomaly, one Sukhdeep Singh of Budhlada in Mansa district was appointed with his C-DAC registration number shown as 26792, which was actually of Chanchal Singh of Tarn Taran as per the C-DAC record. Chanchal is jobless.