TRICHY: The director of collegiate education made it mandatory for teachers from government and government aided colleges in the state to get prior permission from the regional joint director before purchasing immovable property. Till now it was only mandatory for government college teachers.
A letter from the director of collegiate education R Sarumathi stated that teaching and non-teaching staff of government and aided arts and science colleges have purchased immovable properties like plots and houses without bringing it to the notice of her office.
“However, many have sent applications seeking approval for the same after making the purchase without the knowledge of her office. Therefore, it has been made mandatory for the staff to get approval from their concerned regional joint director (RJD) office before making any purchase of immovable property,” stated the director in her letter.
According to sources from the regional joint director office, many of the teachers are not furnishing property details even after purchasing it. In many cases, it has become a mere ritual to inform RJD office on their purchase after months or even years in some cases.
“The issue has come up after many hid the details of the purchase of multiple properties with the knowledge of the director’s office. The order is to prevent such fudging of property details,” said G Ramesh, state vice-president of Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association (TNGCTA).
Meanwhile, S Sahaya Sathish, general secretary of Aided College Teachers Association, said they were surprised by the as such a direction is unprecedented for aided college staff. “We do not know why the director of collegiate education has put out such an order for aided colleges when we are directly governed by the higher education secretary. Members of our central body will discuss the matter with the director after meeting her on Tuesday,” he said.
“We have been seeking permission before going abroad for conferences or organising seminars. But making the property details public is happening for the first time especially when several benefits to aided college teachers are being curtailed,” he said.
DCE Sarumathi could not be reached despite several attempts to contact her over phone.