Karnataka govt school teacher suspended for questioning Union Minister over fertiliser shortage
A government school teacher in Karnataka’s Bidar has been suspended for questioning Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Bhagwanth Khuba over the unavailability of fertilisers in the area.
The suspended man has been identified as Kushal Patil, an assistant teacher at Jeerga (K) village primary school in Aurad taluk of the Bidar district. Interestingly, Khuba represents the Bidar constituency in the Lok Sabha.
The education department last Thursday issued a suspension order after the conversation between Patil and Khuba went viral where both exchanged heated arguments. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction, on June 17, issued the order against Patil on charges of “dereliction of duty, irresponsibility and misconduct by intentionally recording the telephonic conversation and making it viral on social media platforms”.
In the preamble of the order, the officer referred to the complaint lodged by Deepak Patil Lambori demanding action against Patil for calling Khuba at midnight on June 15 to argue over the shortage of fertilisers and “defaming” the Union minister by making their telephonic conversation public. The officer referred to media reports and the preliminary inquiry report submitted by the Block Education Officer on the issue.
In the telephonic conversation, Khuba is heard telling Patil to approach local officials or MLAs if there was a shortage of fertilisers as a Union Minister he cannot attend to minor issues. It turns ugly as the argument heats as Patil dares the minister to come to the village seeking votes in the next elections.
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