The clarification given by Secretary Education regarding the Govt.’s decision to carry out 50:50 teachers’ recruitment for the posts of more than 349 PGT/TGT by resorting to one time relaxation of the RR is not at all convincing. It can at best be termed as a frank admission of violation of the laid down rules and procedures derived directly from the Constitution of India.
While it is clear even to a layman that constitutional authority vested with power to recruit all Group-A and Group-B posts is Union Public Service Commission at the Centre and State Public Service Commission in the State. By no stretch of imagination can the Deptt. of Education or for that matter the State Cabinet can override the Constitutional provisions. As per Arunachal Public Service Limitation Act 1988, the State Govt. has the power to relax the RR of Group-C and Group-D categories and that too under the rarest of the rare circumstances. But in case of all Group-A and Group-B post; it is one and only the Constitutional body of APPSC which is the competent authority and therefore the cancerous germ of snatching the powers of the APPSC by using the clause of urgency of the situation or one time relaxation of RR is nothing more than slapping Constitutional provision and the very spirit of free and fair competition.
Here it would not be wrong on the part of the guardian of the Constitution i.e. the Office of His Excellency the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to seek clarification from the Govt. as to why the Govt. Dept. such as WRD, RWD, UD, PHE, APEDA, Education and many more have always resorted to the method of one time relaxation of RR of all Group-B posts of Junior Engineer which is a Group-B posts and are bought and sold at a varying cost of Rs. 25 Lakhs and above and the post of JT at a price of Rs.15 Lakhs and above. Therefore, to say that there are no qualified tribal candidates in Science and Maths and hence the decision to recruit on 50:50 is an absurd. The fact of the matter is that there are hundreds of tribal boys and girls who pass out every year in Science and Maths and even outshine the competitive non-Tribal candidates in both graduation and post graduation exams. In this context please refer to letter Caption “I want my answer sheets back” which appeared in almost all the state dailies of 25th December, 2016 highlighting how a Tribal girl with 1st Class in B.Com Honors exam, 1st Class in M.Com, topper in Accountancy and 1st Class B.Ed was eliminated in the written exam. The fact of the matter is that everything is fixed and exams are mere an eye wash. Since the non-Tribal are more desperate, secretive and pay more; therefore the Govt. decision to resort to 50:50.
So, what is required is the immediate realization of the error committed by the dept and handing over of exams to APPSC. Hope that the Chief Secretary being the advisor and Cabinet Secretary realizes the mistake and rectifies it at the earliest and well before somebody files a PIL against the Govt. authorities.