Agra, Dec 3: At a time when the Narendra Modi-led government is facing embarrassment due to Union minister Sadhvi Niranajan Jyoti's controversial remark, another minister of the Modi cabinet is drawing salary from the university without even giving a single lecture.
As per a report published in a Hindi daily, Minister of State for HRD Ministry Ram Shankar Katheria has received salary for the month of November without even teaching in a single class at Agra's KM Institute affiliated to Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar University. The MoS is a 'reader' at the institute.
The report goes on saying that Katheria didn't take even an official leave for even a single day after becoming a Lok Sabha MP in 2009. Though he was busy with party's work for Lok Sabha polls, RSS programmes and even attended Parliament sessions.
Katheria is a 'reader' at the institute
Shockingly, the students in MA and M.Phil departments have not had a single interaction with their faculty. The matter becomes more grave as Katheria is a heading the crucial ministry of education. This also shows the government as well as the administration's apathy towards students.
Katheria not new to controversies
Earlier, Katheria was accused of forging graduation marksheet. The minister claimed that he was innocent in the case. He claimed that the whole episode is political conspiracy by BSP Chief Mayawati.
Katheria is a Ph.D holder and a writer with books on social issues and Dalit upliftment, among others.
He took over as Human Resource Development Minister (MoS). The 50-year-old MP, who is in his second stint in the House of the People, hails from Uttar Pradesh and is also the in-charge of the party's affairs for Punjab.
Katheria won from the Agra (SC) constituency in the last Lok Sabha polls. Educated at Kanpur University, Katheria holds an MA and a PhD.
Among his various works are, 'Etawah Zile Ki Boliyan', 'Dalit Chetna Ki Avashyakata', 'Samajik Ekta Ki Avashyakata', and 'Dalit Sahitya Aur Nai Chunautiyan'.
In his first term as a Lok Sabha MP, Katheria was a member of several committees. He was a part of the Committee on Urban Development, Committee on Papers Laid on the Table, Committee on Petitions and also the Consultative Committee on Rural Development.