Backdoor appointments in SCERT exposed.
5th August, 2015
The ACAUT Nagaland is putting forth in public domain the RTI reply received from the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) for appointments to all the NPSC recruitable posts between the years 2010 and 2015. In 2013, the NPSC conducted exams for the post of 14 Lecturers or Class I Gazetted post and 1 (one) post of Training-cum- Research Assistant (TRA) or Class II Gazetted post and filled up accordingly. However, during the same period, that is, 2010-15, the SCERT appointed 3 Research Assistants or Class IGazetted, 6 Training-cum- Research Assistants or Class II Gazetted, 19 Lecturers or Class I Gazetted, and 8 W.E Teachers/Technicians/Statistician or Class II Gazetted, for a total of 36 (thirty- six) appointments through 'Direct Recruitment'.
(The attached table includes some of the NPSC notified posts arbitrarily filled up by the department)
Thus, between 2010 and 2015, 14 posts were filled up through NPSC and the rest 36 through backdoor. While the SCERT Department has justified its appointment squarely blaming NPSC for not filling up the posts despite repeated request, the RTI document tells a different story. The claim of the SCERT that "The department cannot keep on waiting for NPSC for indefinite period of time" is fallacious and misleading for the simple reason that:
- The NPSC conducted exams for the posts of 14 Lecturerand 1 Training-cum- Research Assistant (TRA) in 2013.
- Out of the 3 requisition letters furnished to ACAUT, the SCERT produced only 1 requisition letter ADDRESSED to the Secretary, NPSC, dated 19th May, 2014 requesting the NPSC to conduct exams for 5 posts of Lecturer and 1 post of TRA.However, the sheer duplicity of the department is exposed, as according to documents, 3 Research Assistants out of 3 posts, 12 Lecturers out of 19 posts, 5 Training- Cum- Research Assistants out of 6 posts and 8 W.E Teachers/Technicians and Statisticians out of 8 posts, had already been appointed on 1st March 2014, almost 3 months before the issuance of the requisition letter. Later on, between 28th May, 2014 and 16th December 2014, the SCERT appointed 7 lecturers and 1 TRA, with 1 lecturer and 1 TRA appointed on 28th May 2014, barely 10 days after sending the NPSC requisition letter.Such blatant machination is unheard of, especially for adepartment entrusted with imparting training to teachers and lecturers.
- According to the RTI document, at no point of time did SCERT requisitioned the posts of Class II Gazetted such as W.E Teachers/Technicians/ and Statisticians to the NPSC.
In the light of allegation by the SCERT department, the NPSC is duty bound to issue a clarification. However, regardless of the requisition process or blame game, any Ad-hoc/contract appointment sans advertisement, a due selection process and the finality of an open competitive examination to be conducted by NPSC will inerrantly fall under the ambit of backdoor appointment and terminable ex-parte.