The appointment of Leela Rani as district education officer (DEO)-Secondary has sparked a row after Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that he wants her to be transferred out. Dhillon said that he would meet Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka once he is back from his foreign trip and leave no stone unturned to get her transferred from Ludhiana.
Dhillon said that Rani was involved in several corruption cases during her tenure as principal of Sekhewal Government School and even her Husband,who is not even from this profession,used to interfere a lot in the schools functioning.
The post of district education officer is very important and I do not think Leela Rani is fit for that, remarked Dhillon. When she was in Sekhewal,I was the chairman of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and I am aware regarding the misuse of PTA funds.
The district education officer is,however,ready to take on the first-time MLA.
The MLA,who used to be a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor at that time,had constructed eight shops within the school premises and when I objected to this,he started levelling wrong charges against me, Leela Rani pointed out.
Before the Sekhewal appointment,I served in different posts for 30 years and had no complaint or inquiry against me. It happened only in Sekhewal when I objected to the wrongdoings of the then councillor. But despite that,nothing could be proved through that inquiry. Moreover,I have been appointed district education officer by the state government and they know what is best. I have been given this posting on the basis of my seniority and I am a state and national awardee, she emphasised.
She joined as DEO on Saturday itself and has plans to enroll more students in government schools. She also wants to raise the standards of education at government schools.
Teachers have now become quite serious about their profession. But I still need to make it clear to them that they need to change their attitude and be more dedicated, said Leela Rani.