The city was functioning without any official post of Director Public Instructions (School education) till few days ago. This was even as it was widely believed that the individual holding this post was the most powerful policy bureaucrat guiding the destinies of thousands of school children in the city.
The anomaly occurred as the post of the DPI (s) for the schools had never been officially sanctioned by the central government so far. It was only in the recent sanctioning of 1,130 teaching and non-teaching posts that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) gave the green signal to the post of director (school education), which implies that the post of DPI (s) officially exists, and it is only now that the incumbents will draw the salary for the original post.
All officials serving on this post had actually been drawing their salary for the post of deputy director (vocational).
In the recent decision, the ministry has also permitted the department to create posts of deputy director (school education), deputy director (administration) and deputy director (finance & accounting).
All these three posts will now be filled on the basis of the seniority. Senior department official Chanchal Singh now holds charge of deputy director (school education). With these posts getting sanctioned, a race seems to have begun for them.
Chanchal Singh currently draws his salary for the post of deputy director (adult education) and if he officially gets the charge of ? deputy director (school education) now, he will then draw his salary from the original post.
DPI ( s) Kamlesh Kumar recently told HT that the appointment process of the new posts including teaching as well nonteaching would begin after the Lok Sabha election process.
The department would ensure that the sanctioned posts would be filled at the earliest.