In a major reshuffle of Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board, the city’s AAP government has made three big appointments.
In a letter dated 9 November, the government announced that it was appointing Anand Kumar Baraik as the Superintendent, Education. A 1964 officer, Baraik was currently acting as the Superintendent in the DSSSB.
Gopal Sinku, a 1958 batch officer, too has been given the same designation as Baraik.Devender Kumar, a 1978 batch officer, who was acting as a Superintendent in the TTE (Training and Technical Education), has been moved to replace Baraik in the DSSSB.
These postings follow after the Kejriwal government last week reshuffled at least a dozen of its officials in the national capital. A 1996-batch IAS officer, Geetanjali Gupta, who had proceeded on leave in protest against her posting as examination controller to the Delhi Subordinate Service Selection Board (DSSSB), was given the charge secretary of social welfare and women & child development, thereby relieving Parimal Rai of his additional charge.
Gupta had gone on protest leave after she was assigned the job of the examination controller of the DSSSB and was directed to report to her junior Dilraj Kaur, who has now been tasked the job of the director, social welfare.
Earlier this year, the DSSSB, which is responsible for conducting recruitment exams for non-gazetted and other junior posts, had said it will also fill over 20,000 pending vacancies by the end of this year. The move was aimed at creating more permanent jobs.
During its 49-day tenure, the AAP government had asked the board to clear the backlog, of which 19,719 vacancies were pending since 2007. The state government has now set a zero-pendency target.
DSSSB has attracted controversy in the past. In late July, senior lawyer and expelled AAP leader Prashant Bhushan had issued a legal notice to the state government, alleging that its instructions on regularisation of guest teachers was in “contravention” to a Supreme Court judgment. Bhushan’s notice referred to a circular issued by the Directorate of Education on 10 June , “wherein regularisation of existing guest teachers, who were engaged during the years 2013-15, was envisaged by conducting the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) examination exclusively for these teachers…”