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TURA | Sept 29, 2019:

The promotion of former SDSEO of Dadenggre Civil sub division, Ila Begum Laskar, an official who is being alleged nepotism and corruption, has sent alarm bells ringing across the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya.

Most residents have come out in question of how an official, who has created such a lot of trouble for all stake holders in education, is not only unscathed but even promoted.

A highly placed source in the education department stated that Laskar is being investigated by an assembly committee after various complaints have been raised on her allegedly shambolic acts which included collecting Rs 1000 per head teacher across the sub division, non release of salaries to teachers on time, appointing tainted teachers and then allowing them to continue despite the orders of the High Court among others.

Laskar has also been accused of giving assent to SMCs on her whims and fancies as well as not recognizing those chosen or elected legally.

“We are just happy that we don’t have to deal with her anymore. She can go anywhere else but not here,” said one of the residents under Dadenggre Civil Sub Division, expressing his frustration.

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According to another source, Laskar, who was forced to terminate 3 teachers, Raj Kishore Pandey, Sayed Hussain and Ajibor Rehman, after it was found that they were on the tainted teachers’ list under the Education Scam, retook them back into their posts. To make matters worse, the teachers were apparently asked not to attend school so that their illegality was not discovered.

The reputation of the former SDSEO has been so widespread that residents of Dadenggre chose not to allow her to join her new job as the principal of Dadenggre Puri HS School.

“We are worried about the future of our students as she will only be a bad example for them due to her lack of ethics, absence from office among other things. We just can’t allow her to join – period,” said one of the NGO members from Dadenggre. The NGOs have also written to authorities to seek a revocation of the order.

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This past week, CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing in a press release, questioned the legality of appointments made by Laskar when she reinstated 10 teachers (including the ones mentioned above) who have been named as tainted in the education scam case.

7 of the 10 were terminated in Aug 2018 on orders of the DSEL. Laskar, surprisingly chose to reinstate the teachers through an order apparently of the joint director when the termination was carried out by the education director himself. The reinstatement order came in Oct 2018.

“As to how a lower ranked officer can override an order of a higher officer is beyond understanding. The Joint Director cannot issue any order without the consent of the competent authority to appoint any teacher to any Government school or to re-appoint any terminated teacher,” said Agnes.

Worryingly, there seems no action that has till now been taken into so many allegations against Laskar by the state education authorities with the only action taken seemingly is a promotion.

Meanwhile, attempts to contact Laskar failed.

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