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Salary To Unauthorized Posts, HC Sought Reply From BCKV

2016-12-16 20:46

Calcutta High court


Mohanpur (Nadia), Dec. 16: A division bench of Calcutta high court today directed the vice chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswabidyalay to submit an affidavit explaining how the University has been paying salary to two persons for two purported posts of “Deputy director of extension education’ which have no government sanctions.

The division bench comprising acting chief Justice Nisitha Matre and justice Tapi brata Chakraborty has issued the order after hearing a petition filed by ten teachers of the BCKV seeking redressal from misuse of University’s own fund meant for research and academic purpises as the University authorities have been continuing to pay the officers appointed to those purported posts even after the state government stopped releasing fund for the said post rectifying it's earlier mistake.

Appearing for the ten petitioners’ advocate Ranjit Chatterjee said: “The court today accepted the case filed by the teachers and directed the vice chancellor, who is one of the respondents, to submit an affidavit in this regard on January 20, when the case will be heard again".

Added about the high court's order BCKV Vice Chancellor professor Dharanidhar Patra said: "I have joined the university recently. I have to check records. Moreover, I have so far not received the court order. However, I will comply court order".

According to sources at the BCKV, during 2015, the university authority given appointment to Musiar Ali and Prasanta Kumar Patar as the deputy directors of extension education ‘redesignating’ the two posts of assistant director of extension education, which have no government approval.

"The university has two sanctioned posts if assistant director of extension education, one for agriculture and the other for veterenary, which are equivalent to the rank of associate professor (15600 - 39100). But, the  authorities mysteriously redesignate the two posts as deputy director if extension education", a BCKV official said on annonimity.

Interestingly enough both the two persons who were allegedly appointed were known Trinamul activists. Musiar Ali, one of them is the convenor of Trinamul run joint forum of BCKV's teaching, non teaching and students, which was recently accused of assaulting vice Chancellor Professor Patra.

The ten petitioning teachers are also loyal to Trinamul Congress and active members Patty's teachers' wing West Bengal College University Professors' Association (WBCUPA).

An official of state agricultural department said: "the university has no authority to appoint any person. It violated the rules and appointed two persons without approval. Moreover, it kept the government in dark to redesignate the wo post which are illegal. It even continued to pay the two officers diverting  the fund given by ICAR  after government raised objection early this year and suspended stopped their salary. This is quite unfortunate"

University insiders have alleged former University registrar Partha chatterjee and former interim vc Asit Chakraborty for the "mistake"

 An officer of the University said: "There was pressure from a section of the ruling party that forced the authorities appoint the two persons and to continue to pay them salary using university's resources like funds given by Indian council of agriculture and research, which are solely meant for research and academic purpises".

Sources said, after some teachers protested the appointment and paying salary from such fund, they were allegedly beaten up by some students, teachers and non teaching official of the University. Both side lodged complaints at Haring hata police station. But no one was arrested.

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