After the deluge, a dry spell! This is the story of the second phase recruitment of around 90,000 teachers in Bihar.
The cut-off lists released by the recruiting agencies have been rendered virtually meaningless, with over 60 per cent of the 2.61-lakh applicants not turning up for pre-recruitment counseling.
This is despite the applicants being placed quite high on the merit lists. The alarming 'dropout' rate is attributed to the Government's announcement earlier, that it would order arrest of such applicants, who may have forged their mark sheets and used operatives to secure fake certificates to meet the eligibility criterion.
Since candidates were allowed to apply from more than one place, the unscrupulous ones filing inflated mark sheets ended up spoiling the chances of the deserving ones with less marks. For them, the high cut-off lists worked.
To make matters more complicated for the Human Resource Development Department, the ongoing strike by the non-gazette employees could not have come at a worse time. It derailed the recruitment process at panchayat level due to which, very few applicants could complete counseling within the deadline of January 27.
Faced with a difficult scenario, the HRD has now decided to complete the counseling for second phase recruitment in two stages, which may stretch up to September. "Going by the huge dropout rate for counseling, we will not be able to recruit more than 40,000 teachers," said a senior HRD official.
The main problem for the HRD has been the use of inflated mark sheets and forged documents by a large number of candidates, which pushed the cut-off lists to over 70-80 per cent at several places. There were also reports of fake mark sheets and documents being sold for Rs 30,000 to Rs 70,000.