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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 February: EDUCATION minister Partha Chatterjee today said that because of the on-going litigations the state government was not in a position to fix a deadline for appointment of 32,500 teachers at the upper primary to higher secondary level.

Without naming, the education blamed the opposition CPI-M for the litigations, which in turn were delaying the appointment of teachers.

“I cannot say when the appointments would take place. All depends on what the court says,” Chatterjee told reporters on the side line of an event at Shyamaprasad College at Bhowanipore in the city.

“People should know who the one is behind all these litigations. He was the Mayor from which party? Why he is delaying the appointments through litigations,” the minister said referring to former Kolkata Mayor and CPI-M leader Bikash Bhattacharya.

Bhattacharya is the counsel for several of the litigations filed in the Calcutta High Court over irregularities in the process for appointment of 15,000 teachers in upper primary (VI-VIII), 10,500 in secondary (IX-X), and 7,000 in higher secondary (XI-XIII).

There are as many 15 litigations pending in the High Court over issues ranging from validity of the B.Ed degree obtained from Rehabilitation Council of India, reservation for para-teachers, whether teachers already in employment can apply against the vacancies etc.

West Bengal School Service Commission chairman Subiresh Bhattacharya has also echoed the education minister saying that the Commission could not decide on appointing teachers until and unless the High Court gave a green signal.

“We are ready. If the Court allows, we can start the appointment process within a week’s time,” he said. “But we are helpless in the present circumstances.”