Friday 29 June 2018

Heated exchange between Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the lady teacher

Written by Anil Singh

A video of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat exchanging hot words with a government teacher at the Janata Milan programme went viral yesterday, forcing the CM to issue a statement on the incident.

In short, a primary teacher, age 57 years, came with her problem at Chief Minister's Janata Milan programme (a public event for hearing and solving people problems) in Dehradun on Thursday. The primary school teacher, posted in remote Naugoan in Uttarkashi requested the Chief Minister to get her transferred to plains because she has served 25 long years in the remote location. She requested the CM to consider her transfer on humanitarian grounds because she is a widow and has children to look after who are studying in Dehradun.

The lady teacher lost her cool when the CM informed her that with the implementation of the Transfer Act in the state, all transfers of government services will be done according to the criteria.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat cannot entirely be blamed for heated argument with the lady teacher 

Although the effectiveness of public forums such as Janata Milan programme in addressing people problems is debatable, we must praise any Chief Minister who tries to connect with the people.

In addition, the kind of words the lady teacher used for the CM are quite objectionable. In contrast, the Chief Minister's behavior was far more polite and dignified. He was civil in his language and behavior.

It is important to understand the position of CM here. He is meeting and listening to dozens of people in such public events. The issues raised by people are so different that the CM is already at much stress. Hence any CM who manages to keep his cool in such situations must be praised.

All the CM needs now is graciously drop all the disciplinary actions ordered by him against the teacher over the incident. It will be a better way to deal with the situation.

The CM must note that transfer policy in the state is anything but ideal.

Teachers or for that matter any government employee cannot be made to serve in any station for decades.

That apart, you cannot blame teachers for getting their children educated in good schools. Apart from being teachers, they are parents as well. The responsibility of making Govt. schools good, ultimately rests on the Government. If it thinks that the quality of teachers there is not good, then it must make its recruitment process better. If it thinks they lack infrastructure, then it must focus on that.

When Government employs a person, it becomes an employer. The employee renders service and gets a salary. We must not see the relationship in any other way. There is no difference in a government employing a soldier and a teacher. It is an employer in both the situations.

The lady is already 57 years old, logically she deserves an easy station now.

To conclude, instead of having public events such as Janta Milan Darbars, the governments must create effective policies so that people problems are solved at the adequate redressal center. They don't have to come to such Janta Milan Darbars.


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