Pune: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has issued a show-cause notice to 74 teachers who have refused to join 'Corona Duty' citing 'poor health' as a reason. The PCMC administration has also fined four teachers along with making an entry into their service book about the false information submitted by them.
The PCMC has deployed its own staff as well as school teachers on 'Corona Duty'. The health department of PCMC had in March formed a 'Quick Response Team' to curb the spread of coronavirus in Pimpri-Chinchwad cities. This team includes doctors, health department staff, teachers and other department employees. They have been given the responsibility of conducting a door-to-door survey in the city, managing and monitoring the patients kept in quarantine and isolation centres in schools, screening and admitting the patients in the institutional quarantine facility, contact tracing of persons who come in close contact of positive patients, creating social awareness about COVID-19 through Whatsapp and other social media platforms and to help in the disaster management work.
Hundreds of employees have reported on duty right from the day the coronavirus outbreak was recorded and the first patient found. However, some teachers, clerks and sports teachers have not joined their duty. They refused to work during this crisis citing 'poor health' as reason and submitted medical certificates regarding the same. However, when the PCMC administration carried out checks, it was revealed that many of these teachers had misled the authorities. Some private school teachers and junior college teachers were also found to be misleading the administration. Thus, PCMC administration has issued to 74 such teachers so far.
Entry in Service Book, 4 teachers fined
Rajesh Aagale, Administration Officer of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation said, "We have made an entry regarding lapse in duty in the service books of those teachers who have not submitted satisfactory explanations for their absence. We have also collected fine from four teachers."
Action against teachers taken so far: