With an eye on the Lok Sabha polls, the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh is going to set a record of sorts by providing employment to 24,000 aspirants in Basic Education department in the next six days.
"We are completing all formalities to provide employment letters to 24,000 aspirants in the department in next six days. Directions in this regard has been given to all the officers concerned. All of them will be given appointment letters within the stipulated time," Director Basic Education, Dinesh Chandra Kanaujia told PTI.
The jobs will be given to 24,000 applicants, including 5000 youth, who had qualified Basic Training Certificate (BTC)-2001 exam and 19,000 pass-outs of special BTC-2007, official sources said.
According to the basic education department, those who had qualified BTC-2001 will be getting jobs after eight years due to a controversy surrounding the appointment process and subsequent inquiries.
The BTC examinations were held in 2001 and results were declared on July 23, 2003 in which 56,00 students were selected. Immediately after the exams, controversy cropped up with some people raising question marks over the entire selection process and demanded an inquiry.
The then Samajwadi Party government later handed over the inquiry into the entire process to the vigilance department on August 23, 2004 and later the examinations were cancelled.
After intervention of the court in favour of students, a cabinet meeting was held on December 29, 2008 in which the BSP government decided to hold qualifying examinations of all 5,600 examinees, who were selected in BTC-2001.
Subsequently, a qualifying test was held on February 1 this month in which 5000 students were declared successful on February 6. Now, after getting pass certificates they will be getting appointment letter and posting as teachers in primary schools in the next six days, official sources said.
“The state government which was going slow in appointing teachers in the department moved in fast gear this month as notification to the Lok Sabha polls is expected within a month. The move is nothing but to gain political mileage in the coming Lok Sabha polls”, local Congress leaders allege.
“No appointment is being done by the state government without taking money from aspirants. I request the state government not to charge money from these students for these appointments, which they deserve. The timing of appointment is cleverly decided to take political mileage out of it”, Congress spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh alleged.
SP alleged the move was politically motivated and aimed towards reaping benefits in the forthcoming polls.