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MCD wants its teachers off election duty

Citing shortage of teaching staff, the MCD shot off a letter to the Election Commission, asking it to send back teachers deployed for election duty, reports Neelam Pandey.
Hindustan Times | By Neelam Pandey, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 11:22 PM IST

Citing shortage of teaching staff, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday shot off a letter to the Election Commission, asking it to send back teachers deployed for election duty; a fact highlighted by Hindustan Times in its report “MCD schools to reopen, without 10,000 teachers” on Tuesday.

In a letter to the State Election Commissioner Satbir Silas Bedi, the civic body has stated that the MCD is facing immense staff crunch and their absence is affecting their daily routine. “The MCD is already facing shortage of the assistant teachers, and with teachers being posted on election duty, it has become very difficult to run the schools,” said Vijender Gupta, Chairman of the MCD’s Standing Committee.

In addition, thousands of MCD posts are lying vacant in different categories. Moreover, the civic body is already understaffed, as the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) has not filled hundreds of posts yet for the past few years.

“In view of the Delhi Assembly election, Election Commission had ordered for posting MCD staff on election duty. MCD had complied with the orders. The staff has already stayed with the election office for months. It will be very difficult to pull on for rest of the periods”, Gupta added.

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