Teaching posts on sale, under-qualified people given jobs: Ex-TMC leader’s attack on Partha Chatterjee

05 August 2022 06:38 PM
  • Teaching posts on sale, under-qualified people given jobs: Ex-TMC leader’s attack on Partha Chatterjee

Ex-TMC leader Baisakhi Banerjee claimed that every teaching post in state-run universities was “on sale” and jobs were given to undeserving candidates during Partha Chatterjee's tenure as education minister.

Former Trinamool Congress leader Baisakhi Banerjee has levelled fresh allegations against sacked Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, who is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.

Banerjee, who served as General Secretary of West Bengal College and Universities Professor's Association (WBCUPA), claimed undeserving candidates got direct entry into educational institutions during Partha Chatterjee’s tenure as Minister of Education.

In an interview with news agency ANI, she stated that every teaching post in state-run universities was “on sale”, and if details about college and university recruitments come to light, it could be an even would turn out to be a bigger scam than the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) scam.

“There was a syndicate working inside the WBCUPA which added a price tag to the college university sub-post where every post was on sale. Those who could not teach even in school entered the university directly with Partha Chatterjee's push," Banerjee alleged.

The then education minister was giving jobs to “under-qualified thieves”, she claimed. The ex-TMC leader reiterated her earlier charge that not only was he aware that his subordinates accepted kickbacks, but that he, too, indulged in corruption.

"He didn't consider anyone above himself, not even Mamata Banerjee. He misused his position several times and completely controlled the education department,” she added.

Banerjee went on to state that when she confronted Chatterjee about the purported malfeasance in the education department, he pulled up the people who were involved and also suspended a man who was accused of corruption. But this was an eyewash, she claimed.

“After a few days, I understood that it is all a facade. The same man returned to the education sector in a more powerful way and I understood that corruption will not end here and would worsen," she said.

The alleged irregularities in the recruitment drives by SSC took place when Partha Chatterjee was the education minister of TMC-ruled West Bengal. He and his close associate Arpita Mukherjee were arrested by the ED on July 23 in connection with its probe into the scam.

ED had earlier recovered around Rs 50 crore in cash, along with jewellery, from Arpita Mukherjee two apartments in Tollygunge and Belghoria. The two also jointly own a farmhouse, bought for Rs 20 lakh, at Santiniketan.

Chatterjee and Mukherjee are currently in ED custody after their bail applications were rejected by a special court in Kolkata.

The TMC has distanced itself from Chatterjee and axed him as a minister. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also suspended him from the party and removed him from all party posts.