DEHRADUN: After the transfer order of a government teacher who died four years back was issued in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the state education minister has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
“Orders for inquiry into the matter have been already issued. The official of the education department has been asked to complete the inquiry within three days of time. No such laxity will be tolerated in the functioning of the department,” said Dhan Singh Rawat, state education minister.
Birpal Singh Kuwar, a primary school teacher in a Khamoli government primary school in Rudraprayag district had requested his transfer to the ‘Sugam’ area (Easy Terrain) from the ‘Durgam’ area (Tough Terrain) citing his illness and inability to perform his duties in the year 2018.
In the transfer list issued by the district education department, he was transferred from Khamoli to the Bhanadhar government primary school which is in the Sugam area.
Interestingly, the dead teacher is still employed with the state education department and is teaching in the school which has been closed for the last three years due to less number of students.
Sarita Devi, the wife of the late teacher and resident of Maniguh village of Rudraprayag district who is now employed as a clerical staff in a government school in the district, told The New Indian, “My husband left for heavenly abode in April 2018 and I got a job in January 2019. This transfer order is shocking to me. No one cares when he was alive and struggling and now this. I hope action will be taken against those who are responsible for causing such hurt to me and my family.”
This is not the first such instance in the state education department. In the year 2020, the department issued promotion orders for retired and dead teachers.