Haryana has a penchant for cheap publicity. It has continuously been in the news, of late, all for the wrong reasons.The latest news about 100 Haryana government school teachers,doubling as ‘ Pandit jis’ or ‘ pujaris’ after they were officially assigned extra duties at hindu temples in Yamunanagar district in addition to teaching.

Over 100 teachers were roped into religious duties like tying the sacred thread, distributing prasad at the annual temple festival. They were also tasked by the district magistrate with the job of counting of cash offerings by the devotees at the four-day "Kapal Mochan" festival in Yamunanagar.

The news is not only ludicrous but bizarre,too. Worse, hell broke loose when a majority of teachers failed to show up for the Priest training sessions. All were issued show cause notices by the district education officer to explain why action should not be taken against them for non-compliance of orders.

School teachers were also recently ordered in Haryana to keep all night vigils on stubble-burning, a major environmental problen in the state and the adjoining Punjab . All after their day’ labour in schools.

The school teachers are also roped in for enumeration job in connection with Census besides election duties.The Kerala cops also perform temple duties without full uniform and bare footed at Sabarimala for months.  in a state where over 50 percent population are communism- believers.They controle the crowd of devotees. All these are fine in lieu of officially assigned  work.

But, deploying Haryana school teachers on priestly duties inside the sanctum sanctorum,is un-heard of . Reprehensible and illegal,too.One cannot be forced to enter any place of worship against his/her wish on religeous duties in a secular country. All at the cost of State’s exchequer.The protests by school teachers against DM seem justified.But,what else could the poor DM do against the wishes  of political masters and their VVIP style of functioning.

Schools are not Gurukul Ashrams or Madrassas.

 

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A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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