Bathinda DEO suspended for dereliction of duties

Punjab’s Education minister dissolved the recruitment cell and procurement cell of education department
Chandigarh/May 22
Punjab government today suspended district education officer (DEO) of Bathinda Surjit Singh Khuram for dereliction of duty.
A Punjab government spokesperson said on Wednesday that Khuram has been put under suspension for laxity in a case where substandard books that allegedly had vulgar content.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka along with Principal Secretary School education today inspected lot of books supplied to the schools in the state which has invoked controversy due to the alleged vulgar content not suitable for the school students.
“The Education Minister found that the books dispatched in the schools under the inspection of Director General School Education Kahan Singh Pannu are of sub-standard quality having vulgar content which may caused adverse effects on the minds of the children,” the spokesperson said, adding that 70 percent of the books are of sub standard and totally irrelevant for the students.
Further, the Education Minister directed the language department to take utmost care in the future before finalizing books for the school students and also directed Director General School Education to inspect the books before dispatching them to the schools.
“Show cause notice has also been issued to the Director Language department and the clarification has also been sort within fifteen days and Principal Secretary School education has been deputed to inquire into the whole matter. Further, an explanation has also been called from all the officers who were party in the decision of dispatching these books in the schools,” he added.
In another development, Sikander Singh Maluka has dissolved the recruitment cell of education department with immediate effect after it didn’t adhere to the set procedure and norms while recruiting 222 Head Masters under Rashtariya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyan Authority (RMSA).
Maluka directed the principal secretary school education to constitute a recruitment cell by inducting officers of good background and directed the principal secretary to induct the regular officers in the recruitment cell having more than one year of government service. Further, all the procurement committees of education department have also been dissolved and the principal secretary education department has been told to constitute new committees at the level of the government.