Teacher promotion Scam in J&K Education Dept; IAS, KAS officers arrested

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Jammu, September 09: A major fraud has been exposed in the state school department by Vigilance Organisation Jammu on the basis of which a number of IAS and KAS officers have been arrested for promoting teachers on the basis of invalid degrees during their tenure of work in Director School Education office.

Vigilance Organisation Jammu has alleged that during the year 2013 and 2014 respectively a few officials of State School Education Department announced promotions of a number of teachers to Master Grade based on the B.Ed degrees of the beneficiaries from some unrecognized Universities.

As per news reports, in two separate FIRs, IAS officers P K Pole and  Tushar Kanti Sharma, the Directors of School Education Jammu in 2013 and 2014 respectively,  KAS officers  R A Inqalabi, then Additional Secretary School Education Department, Dr Narupa Rai and  Susheel Kumar then Personnel Officers in the Directorate of School Education Jammu, S K Gandotra and Saif Ali then Joint Directors School Education  Jammu, other accused officers and hundreds of beneficiary teachers have been booked under the violation of Govt. Order No.252 of 2012 dated 30.05.2012.

The Vigilance verification has revealed that the officers announced promotion of around more than 1200 teachers to Master grade in the DPC on April  23, 2013, and around 600 teachers were promoted illegally in the same way in the year 2014.

This the officers did despite having the knowledge of a government order that states: the degrees obtained through Distance Education Mode from Off Campuses, established by the State universities beyond their territorial jurisdiction, shall not be recognized.

A big number of beneficiary teachers possessed “Aadib” and “Kameel” from Jamia Urdu University, Aligarh and the promotion was accorded to them by treating these courses  equivalent to B Ed notwithstanding the fact that degrees of this university are not recognized even by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Not just this but during verification, some ‘Fake’ degrees were found to be of the Universities that don’t even provide B.Ed programme.

After verification, the Vigilance Organization has registered two different FIRs bearing number 29/2015 and Number 30/2015  against all the accused persons under Section 5(1) (d) read with Section 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act 2006 and Sections 420, 467, 468 and 120-B RPC at Police Station Vigilance Organization Jammu for further investigations.