Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte speaking on the occasion of Mizo Zirlai Pawl’s (MZP) raising day on Monday Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte on Monday rebutted the allegation leveled by opposition Congress over recruitment of 91 employees under the school education department.

Speaking on the occasion of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP)‘s raising day on Monday at Dawrpui multipurpose hall, Ralte said there was no illegal recruitment as it was done as per recruitment rules.

He said that the government has recently recruited a number of employees under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) as per the recruitment rules made by the erstwhile Congress government to fill vacant posts.

He added that posts of 881 teachers were being filled up recently to meet an acute shortage of teachers in the state.

Earlier opposition Congress had alleged that 91 employees were recruited by the state government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga under school education department without floating advertisement.

Of these, 36 were recruited under SSA and 55 under RMSA respectively, Congress had said.

Quoting RTI, Congress media cell chairman and party spokesperson Lallianchhunga had said that as many as 36 employees have been recruited under SSA mission during 10 months from December 2018 to September 2019.

The recruitment was made without floating advertisement due to absence of proper recruitment rules, he said, adding that the government will spend Rs 1.05 crore annually for the new employees.

The Congress leader had also alleged that the state government recruited 87 employees under RMSA mission during 10 months from December, 2018 to September 2019, of which 55 were without advertisement.

The government will spend Rs 1.78 crore per year for 55 employees, he had said.

He had alleged that a majority of employees were illegally recruited on the instruction of the education minister.

Meanwhile, Ralte said that the government will take steps to ensure that MZP raising day/ students’ day is observed by all schools across the state from next year. He also exhorted the students to strive forward with hard work and clear resolution to become leaders in the near future.

MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei thanked the state government for declaring October 27 as students’ Day. He said that the students’ body has been observing its raising day as students’ day since 2006.

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