(IBNS) The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is faced with a fresh controversy after two government college teachers were slapped with show cause notices by the state’s education department for speaking on TV channels, including allegedly for expressing views against the ruling regime.
The teachers concerned are Debashis Sarkar of Jhargram Raj College in West Midnapore district and Shampa Sen of Hooghly Mohsin College in Hooghly district.
Debasis Sarkar also holds the post of the secretary of the West Bengal Government College Teachers’ Association.
He was served a notice after a retired college teacher wrote to State Education Minister Bratya Basu pointing out that speaking on TV is violation of the rules of the government.
The government said they acted in accordance with the rules and has only asked them to explain the matter.
“Everyone has a right to express his view. We have asked if he [Sarkar] had taken the permission,” said education minister Bratya Basu.
The teacher in question said the letter from the government asked him not only about permission but also indicated why his views were against the government.
“The letter did indicated why my views were anti-government. I will reply within 15 days to the notice as demanded,” he said.
The lady professor, Shampa Sen, said she will reply too.
“This was totally unexpected,” she said.
The government of Mamata Banerjee was earlier criticized over a cartoon controversy earlier besides a scientist’s decision to take part in a protest against eviction drive.
A Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested in April after an assault for sending out e-mails with a cartoon of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Kolkata-based molecular biologist Partho Sarathi Roy was arrested too in April after they demonstrated against the eviction of Nonadanga slum dwellers.