Congress stages walkout on JBT cadre issue


By: ML Verma

Shimla: The entire opposition in Himachal Pradesh Assembly today staged a walkout over Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s reply regarding new recruitment policy for Junior Basic Teacher (JBT) in the state.

Amid repeated queries of Congress members in the Question Hour, Chief Minister intervened by stating that the opposition members’ motive to raise repeated queries could not be apprehended. The opposition members stood up as Dhumal further questioned the behaviour of Congress members and they staged a walkout shouting slogans against the government.

Condemning the protest lodged by Congress members in the House, Chief Minister alleged that the opposition seemed frustrated and they were no more interested to debate the issues of utmost public interest. He alleged that when the House was discussing important issues to provide sufficient teachers in schools being run without teachers, the Opposition was trying to dilute the move by raising irrelevant issues.

Dhumal said that the minister concerned had cleared the current position and policy of the government regarding JBT teachers. He said that today JBT and MBBS teachers were in surplus in the state and government had left the old pattern of singing indemnity bond with them. He alleged that JBT unions were demanding not to break up the district cadre for teachers while the opposition was saying contrary to it.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi said the minister concerned had given a detail reply over this issue but despite that the opposition members were trying to mislead the House by raising the same matter time and again. Earlier, Education Minister ID Dhiman told in reply to a query of Harshwardhan Chauhan (Shillai) that the state government had not converted the district cadre of JBT to state cadre and JBT candidates who were willing to join in other districts were being treated in the district cadre of the place they join.

He said that 644 posts of JBT teachers are vacant in the state but there is no vacancy of JBT in Sirmour, Bilaspur and Kullu districts. The minister said that the state government has opted for a new policy to recruit JBT teachers in districts having shortage of teachers. Raising supplementary query over this issue, Kaul Singh Thakur asked that state government was making new appointments on tehsil and subdivision level, thereby restricting teachers to one district and depriving hard area of teachers.

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