London tour cancelled by Bengal Education Minister amid WBSSC row

IANSUpdated: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 04:23 PM IST
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West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu | PTI File Photo

As the controversy created by West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam rages on, state Education Minister Bratya Basu and education secretary Manish Jain have cancelled their official tour to London.

State education department sources said that Basu and Jain were supposed to attend a two-day education seminar in London from May 23, organised by the UK government.

"Some MoUs pertaining to faculty exchange were also supposed to be signed during the London visit. However, because of the evolving situation, the education minister felt it necessary to be in the state and hence has cancelled his visit," confirmed a bureaucrat associated with the state education department, who remained anonymous.

Already, the former state education minister Partha Chatterjee and the current minister of state for education Paresh Chandra Adhikari are under scrutiny of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the scam. The state government initiative of fresh teachers' recruitment is also under the scanner of Calcutta High Court.

"In such a situation, the current state education minister did not think it wise to leave the country and felt that his presence in the state was necessary. So, he cancelled his London trip," the state education department official said.

Meanwhile, there had been some changes in the ranks of the state education department. Following the resignation of the erstwhile WBSSC chairman Siddhartha Majumdar in the midst of this controversy, the state government appointed the state education commissioner and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Subho Chakraborty as the new WBSSC chairman.

Another IAS officer Arup Sengupta has been appointed as the new education commissioner.

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