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Govt schools set to get teachers

- Cabinet seal on recruitment rule change

The state cabinet on Tuesday paved the way for the appointment of 1.9 lakh teachers in government schools within a month, organising special camps in block headquarters.

The cabinet approved the amendment in Bihar panchayat primary teachers (Recruitment and service conditions) rules, 2014, and Bihar urban primary teachers (Recruitment and service conditions) rules, 2014. Similar amendment was made in rules pertaining to the appointment of secondary and higher secondary teachers.

Earlier, the appointing authorities could carry out counselling for three times. After the amendment, they would be able to hold fresh counselling for appointment of teachers in primary, secondary and higher secondary schools across the state.

Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said despite the completion of three rounds of counselling, only 41,000 teachers could be appointed against the sanctioned vacant posts of 1.68 lakh in primary schools and 6,000 teachers against the sanctioned posts of 17,553 in secondary schools. Not a single teacher could be appointed in Plus Two schools against the sanctioned vacant posts of 52,000 across the state.

“The appointing authorities would hold camps in every block headquarters on different dates from the next month (February). Our endeavour would be to fill up these vacant posts as soon as possible. If need arises, fifth counselling would be conducted to fill up the posts in the government schools,” Sinha said.

Chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha said: “We hope that appointment letters would be distributed by the end of next month.”

Besides changing the rules for the appointment of teachers, ten decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting. It gave its nod to the food and consumer protection department’s proposal to either appoint or designate an additional district magistrate-rank officer as “complaint disposal officer” in every district for effective implementation of the National Food Security Act from February 1. The department’s principal secretary, Shishir Sinha, said the Section 15 of the act talks about the appointment of a complaint disposal officer in every district for hearing the complaints of aggrieved persons.