Move to shift Education Directorate?
ATTEMPTS ARE being made by the State Government to shift the headquarters of Directorate of Education from Allahabad to Lucknow.
This apprehension came true when the State Government ordered shifting of 22 posts of several sections of Directorate including Joint Director, Primary Education from Allahabad to Lucknow recently.
Besides, budget-related work of State Council of Educational Research and Training is also being conducted at the Lucknow.
Interestingly, the camp office of Director of Education is already situated in Lucknow. Officers and employees of the Directorate, on the condition of anonymity, told HT Allahabad Live on Friday that State Government was already distributing work either at District and Division level or transferring it to Lucknow in order to divest all powers from Allahabad Office. They have expressed apprehension that more sections of Education Directorate are likely to be shifted to Lucknow in coming days so that gradually the entire Directorate may function from there. Over two dozens posts are most likely to be transferred to Lucknow.
Sources said after shifting many more sections, the Directorate here would become a white elephant. Sources disclosed that though the Government did not want to shift all offices in one go in view of strong protests by the employees in recent months.
Sources said that due to lack of strong pressure on the Government at local level all the department headquarters situated here were being gradually transferred to Lucknow.
However, the Ministerial Employees Association president Rang Nath Mishra clearly stated that employees would fight against any such attempts of the Government. He refuted the reasons given by the state government that heavy expenses were being incurred in carrying out the official work at Allahabad.
Secretary Yogendra Kumar pointed out that State Government always made hallow promises to employees but they were too aware about it and very soon a meeting would be convened in this regard to chalk out strategy.
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