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BJD politicising Union Minister’s suggestion on teachers' appointment: BJP

Bhubaneswar, Aug 29: Defending party leader Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for his Ola and Uber remarks vis-à-vis ‘Teacher on Call’ plan, the Odisha BJP on Monday said permanent arrangement must be made by the State Government for the betterment of students instead of resorting to hiring teachers.

Briefing media persons here party general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said the statement of the Union Minister has been misinterpreted.

“The School and Mass Education Minister and other Ministers of the Naveen Patnaik Government are unnecessarily playing politics. The ‘Teacher on Call’ programme is disrespect to the teachers’ society. Why the State Government does not fill up all 43,810 primary and 12,024 high school teacher posts lying vacant by March 31, 2016,” questioned Harichandan.

He said, “What the PNG Minister suggested the State Government is to appoint regular teachers instead of taking them on hire like Ola and Uber taxis. He advised the Government to recruit all eligible CT and BEd candidates to fill up the vacant posts.”

“But the BJD Ministers and spokespersons, instead of giving specific replies, are making vague statements,” alleged BJP State vice-president Sameer Mohanty, who also present in the press conference.

On Sunday, slamming the Odisha Government's move to appoint retired teachers for temporary filling of vacancies in schools, Pradhan said teachers should not be hired like drivers of cab services to take classes on call basis.

“Our teachers are not taxi drivers. They cannot be called when required and then asked to leave. There is no dearth of trained quality teachers for imparting education,” Pradhan said.

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