Alleging huge irregularities in the transfers of teachers and lecturers in Telangana, state Congress Chief Spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju demanded a high-level probe against Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari and Commissioner of Collegiate Education Navin Mittal for their alleged involvement.
In an open letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday, Sravan alleged that web counselling was "a farce with some teachers managing to get transfers of their choice on payment of money. Even a few leaders of Teachers Unions allegedly played the role of a broker/middlemen bringing shame for the entire fraternity."
In 2016, the state had issued GO No 182 (Telangana Inter Local Cadre Employees Transfers on Spouse Grounds) permitting transfer of employees whose spouses are working in the Centre, state government and state-level Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) from one local cadre to another or within the same local cadre.
"However, the recent transfers were not done as per the government order and the process lacked transparency. Although the process of transfers has been completed on June 30, the transfers of Degree College lecturers are still going on in the name of 'On Duty'," Sravan alleged.
The Congress leader also alleged that the Commissioner of Education and friends of Education Minister were behind 15 transfers in Karimnagar, 14 in Warangal, 12 in Adilabad, 10 in Khammam, 12 in Mahabubnagar, 8 in Medak, 6 each in Nalgonda and Nizamabad and 4 in Ranga Reddy.
"Nearly 50 transfers were cancelled and fresh orders were issued manually to execute illegal posting to others. Of 75,317 teachers who had applied online for transfers, as many as 31,514 have been transferred. However, by not following the rules, the state government did total injustice with teachers, especially the couples," Sravan claimed.
He also reminded the TRS that it had promised to regularise the services of contract lectures.
"However, even after four years in power, it failed to fulfil the promise. Similarly, instead of appointing regular lecturers, only guest lectures are being hired. Several institutions are on the verge of closure due to shortage of teachers," Sravan stated.
In his letter, Sravan urged the Chief Minister to order a high level enquiry into the alleged irregularities and said that corrective measures should also be taken.