P. Sujatha Varma

Resentment brewing among unions over ‘abrupt’ dislocation

Officials begin identifying teachers recruited between 1994 and 1998

Unions gearing up for confrontation

VIJAYAWADA: Oblivious to the resentment brewing among teachers’ unions, the Education Department in Krishna district is engrossed in the exercise of preparing a fresh list of non-local teachers to be repatriated to their native districts as part of the Government’s decision to implement the GO 610.

“We have identified 101 non-local teachers belonging to other districts and who were recruited under the 80 per cent local quota in the four recruitment drives taken by the District Selection Committees (DSCs) between 2000 and 2003,” says Krishna District Education Officer (DEO) D.V. Krishna Vinayak adding that repatriation orders have been served on the non-locals.

Fresh batch

Even as officials have begun the exercise of identifying the teachers recruited between 1994 and 1998, paving the way for transfer of a fresh batch of 200 to 300 more teachers, local leaders of teacher unions cry foul over their abrupt displacement.

“We basically support the GO 610 but we want the Government to consider specific issues like exemption to ‘spouse’ cases,” says State vice-president of Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Federation (APTF) P. Panduranga Vara Prasad.

The teachers have also not taken kindly to the fact that only their fraternity should be dislocated. “Barring police personnel and teachers, why are they not touching employees of other departments,” he argues.

Mr. Vinayak, meanwhile, says as part of the ‘barter’ of local and non-local teachers, the Krishna district has so far got 56 teachers from districts like Khammam, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Karimnagar.

“Ten of them have already reported for duty,” he says adding that the district may have to send back 200 to 300 more teachers recruited in the six rounds of DSC recruitments between 1994 and 1998.

The officials maintain that the marathon exercise is aimed at creating jobs for local candidates while representatives of teachers’ union insist on an explanation on how were the non-locals recruited in the local quota then.

Leaving the officials to meet the demand of the Director of School Education who wants the entire information to be submitted in the DEOs’ conference, scheduled to take place at the State capital on October 16, the unions are gearing for a possible confrontation in the event of the Government turning down their plea.

“It’s unfair”

“It is unfair to put the teachers to inconvenience by asking them to leave abruptly. One fails to understand why is the Government so keen on implementing the GO this year itself.

The teachers should be allowed to complete this academic year in their present locations,” maintains Naga Rama Rao, the city unit general secretary of State Teachers’ Union.