SHILLONG, Nov 11: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) is of the opinion that the incumbent state IPR Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh should take responsibility of the 2009 education job fiasco and step down.
KHNAM opines that Lyngdoh, who was the then State Minister in charge of Education is morally responsible for the issue which has prompted the Meghalaya High Court to hand over investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after gross anomalies were found in the answer scripts of thousands of candidates who had applied for jobs as teachers in schools across the state.
“There is a need for the minister concerned to take moral responsibility,” KHNAM working president Adelbert Nongrum said while welcoming the recent judgment passed by the Meghalaya High Court in connection with the education job scam unearthed by the CBI.The High Court in its ruling has ordered handing over of the investigation to the central bureau of investigation (CBI), which is directed to submit its report within a period of six months.
It may be noted here that anomalies wherein it appeared that whit correction ink was used to change the marks obtained by the candidates in the requisite test for the posts had surfaced leading to the issue later picking up the nomenclature of the ‘White Ink’ issue.
The court also annulled the whole selection process in the recruitment of assistant teachers in government lower primary schools in relation to the five Centres – Shillong Sadar, Jowai, Amlarem, Tura and Dadengre.
“We also hope that all the culprits involved in the scam are punished,” Nongrum said while pointing out that education is the most important sector in the state.
On the other hand, KHNAM chief adviser THS Bonney said that the party is also of view that it is high time to end scams in the different departments of the government.
“It is time that appointment based on favouritism should come to an end,” he said.
Nongrum went on to add that if efficient and eligible candidates are being deprived of their rights, this will lead to poor work culture which ultimately will bring down the state as a whole.