Delhi: Teachers’ body says bird flu duty at borders harassment

An order assigning authorities college lecturers on duty at Delhi’s borders to verify the entry of poultry into town has riled lecturers, making them question the extent to which they’re being deputed for non-academic work.

An order from the Revenue Department’s north district office Tuesday notified the creation of 5 groups to be posted at Delhi borders at Saboli, Auchandi, Safiabad, Lampur and Muneerpur on evening duty from 8 pm to six am. Each of those groups includes two civil defence volunteers and a authorities college instructor.

The groups are anticipated to make sure “entry/sale of dressed, processed and canned chicken and its products are not allowed in Delhi” and “no vehicle carrying live birds is allowed to enter without a valid veterinary health certificate”.

On Wednesday, normal secretary of Government Schools Teachers’ Association Ajay Veer Yadav wrote to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, asking him to intervene. “Teaching community selflessly served when the government and the citizens needed them for Covid-19 prevention, but the Revenue Department is now taking advantage of the situation and just harassing teachers with unjustified duties. On behalf of the entire teaching community and to safeguard their dignity, I request you to intervene and stop such deputation of the teaching community and facilitate for them to be sent back to schools for their designated work,” he wrote.

Government college lecturers have been part of the frontline staff towards Covid, working at quarantine centres, for ration distribution, to conduct Covid surveys, and now in vaccination duty.


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