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Nalbari DC recommends VRS for teachers ‘unfit’ for poll duty

By The Assam Tribune

Rituraj Borthakur

GUWAHATI, March 17: The Nalbari Deputy Commissioner has recommended VRS for a group of teachers who have been found to be ‘unfit’ for election duty, which has created a flutter in the district.

In a letter to the Secretary of Secondary Education, the DC said these 17 assistant teachers of various schools were drafted as polling personnel for the forthcoming Assembly election.

“But the employees prayed for exemption from election duty on medical ground. Accordingly, the employees were directed to appear before the medical board of Assembly elections. The medical board submitted its report that the employees are unfit to perform election duty,” the letter stated.

Attaching the list of employees and their medical reports, the DC further said “medical fitness is essential for continuation in service”.

“It appears that the incumbents have been found medically unfit but were not on medical leave. It may be assumed that they are not fit for their service too. It is, therefore, recommended that the employees may be asked to go on voluntary retirement from service (VRS),” the DC said.

An official source in Nalbari confirmed the development and said many employees and officials have been praying for exemption from election duty on medical ground.

“In many cases it has been found that the prayers have no basis. In the case of these assistant teachers, the DC decided to take action,” the source said.

The Education Department is examining the letter.

Around 2,41,269 government employees and officials have been roped in for election duty in the State and they are currently undergoing training.

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