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Hry CM's fb page flooded with job requests from aspiring teachers

Official Facebook page of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar appears to be more popular among the aspiring government school teachers.

punjab Updated: Apr 09, 2015 20:50 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times
Karnal,facebook,Manohar Lal Khattar

Official Facebook page of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar appears to be more popular among the aspiring government school teachers.

The core team of Haryana CM is regularly posting official statements, information about proposed development activities and other social messages for the last several months.

Also, photographs of various public functions and official meetings chaired by Khattar are posted on the official page.

But a random visit of the FB page of Khattar reveals that most of the comments in the last few months are from the job seekers requesting Khattar to form a recruitment policy to ensure jobs to various categories of government teachers.

The comments by the job seekers are polite. It shows them demanding streamlining of the recruitment procedure and pleading for justice for their dependent family members by ensuring employment opportunities.

At the non-interactive FB page, a few are commenting on the politico-administrative contents posted on the official social media platform of the state government.

However, the official Twitter account of the Haryana CM hardly has any activity by these job seekers.

Hundreds of seats in various sections of the government schools are lying vacant and the recruitment process started during the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government is marred by several legal and administrative issues.

Aspiring teachers including, those appointed on contract basis during the Hooda regime are holding protests in different parts of the state for regular jobs.

Recruitment procedure related to 9,870 junior basic training (JBT) teachers, who are not yet inducted, is pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Scores of contractual appointees are apprehending discontinuation of their teaching assignments.

Several computer educators, who were part of a private company engaged for the school activities whose contract was later terminated for poor services, are also demanding absorption in the school teacher cadre.

Last month, two massive protests were held by aspiring regular teachers in Karnal, the home assembly constituency of Khattar, in support of their demands.

Teachers said the comments on the FB page of Khattar were aimed at gaining sympathy in the public eye and creating pressure on the establishment.

“More than 9,000 JBT teachers had cleared the set eligibility criteria but are awaiting their appointment letters for the last more than four years. As discrepancies in recruitment exercise were found in few cases and some teachers were even removed this year. As few individuals approached the court to annul recruitment, we expect the state government to find a way as the legal procedure is very lengthy and qualified but unemployed cannot afford it,” said one such teacher on the condition of anonymity.

First Published: Apr 09, 2015 20:30 IST