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Told to distribute ration sans orders: Teachers

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, May 5

At a time when the Punjab Government has been asking all senior officers to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19, senior district authorities of the Education Department are allegedly pressurising teachers of government primary schools to distribute ration and make new admissions, without issuing any written orders.

Since teachers do not have written orders, they allege the police could register FIRs against them if they were found outside during the curfew. "There are 661 government primary schools in the district. Our senior officers have been pressurising us repeatedly to visit various houses for new admissions and to distribute ration. But since they know it is a violation of curfew, they are not giving us any written orders," said Jotinder Singh, Sangrur adviser of the Elementary Teachers' Union.

District president of the Government Teachers' Union, Harjeet Singh Galwati, also alleged it was illegal to ask teachers go outside.

District Education Officer (Elementary) Prabhsimran Kaur denied having issued any such directions. "We have not issued any verbal orders for the distribution of ration or for new admissions. Teachers should stay indoors during curfew," she said.

Balvir Chand Longowal, district president of the Democratic Teachers' Front of Sangrur, asked if seniors had not issued any verbal orders, on whose directions was ration being distributed?

Under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the authorities are distributing rice and wheat to all students of Classes 1 to 5. At many places, teachers faced problems after parents refused to take ration as they feared the distribution of ration could also spread the virus. "Some days back, when teachers were distributing ration in a school, some cops came and started inquiring. We had to apologise, otherwise they would have registered a case against us," a teacher said, requesting anonymity.



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