Not told about teachers to be sent abroad: Sisodia to LG
New Delhi: In a letter to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, education minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday claimed that Directorate of Education (DoE) and the chief secretary had bypassed him and forwarded details of a plan to send a team of principals and educators to Finland directly to the LG.
The officers should be “show-caused” for not showing the file to him first, Sisodia said. Later in the evening, he shot off another letter asking the LG to issue written instructions to DoE and the chief secretary that all education-related files be shown to the minister in-charge first.
In the first letter, Sisodia claimed he had planned to send the team to Finland in January to understand its education system, but the details of the trip, such as principals’ selection criteria and process, were not shown to him. Officers, he said, told him that no such file could be shown to him as per an order from the LG’s office. “If this is the case, it will be impossible for me, the minister in-charge, to run the education department,” Sisodia wrote.
Baijal said it was not clear who gave Sisodia such an impression, but his office had only issued a standing order as per Rules of Transaction of Business on the executive functions of the LG’s office.
Despite the matter having been clarified earier, Baijal said, the issue was being raised again on a file that he himself had referred to the deputy CM for his comments. The LG said that though no comment was received, he had okayed the proposal to avoid any loss of time.