JAMMU, JAN 18: Minister for School Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today informed Legislative Assembly that the government has referred 2154 teacher vacancies under Direct Recruitment Quota to J&K Service Selection Board (JKSSB) to fill these on fast-track basis.
To overcome the shortage of teachers in the schools, the education department has identified more vacancies, which shall be referred to the JKSSB soon.
‘’The shortage of teachers has been addressed in majority of schools by undertaking massive rationalization exercise by the Department across the State and fresh recruitments will help to address the problem further,” he added.
Replying to a Question by Dina Nath Bhagat in the Assembly, the Minister further informed that in line with the Government Policy to improve quality of education and board results in 24000 Government schools, the Department has taken a slew of measures. “Our goal is to remove the notion that the students of Government schools are not in a disadvantageous position” he asserted.
The measures include amendment in the recruitment rules and revision of minimum qualification for the teacher from 10+2 to graduation, earmarking 30% posts for Science/Mathematics graduates, the Minister informed adding that to attract best talent in teaching profession, the Government is considering further amendment in the recruitment rules.
The Minister further told that with these initiatives, a gradual improvement in the pass percentage of students in government schools has been observed. To further enforce accountability and fix the responsibility, the department takes stringent action against the teachers whose results are not up to mark. “The Chief Education Officers have been asked to keep tab on the performance of the teachers so that the students do not face any problem due to any lapse on the part of teaching staff,” he added.
Replying to a specific question by the Member, the Minister said that no Teacher/Master from Chenani Constituency has been attached in the urban areas. He further revealed that no teacher has been engaged to manage the mid-day meal for the students, and same is being done by the Cook-cum-helpers engaged for the purpose. He said the teachers only maintain the record of mid-day meal and school funds.
However, he said Government is actively considering outsourcing of the mid-day meal scheme to some NGO.
Sharing the concern of members over loss of studies due to deployment of teachers for non-teaching duties, the Minister informed that the department has taken up the issue with the General Administration Department to exempt them (teachersI from election and other duties to avoid the interruption in academic activities.
CS reviews developmental, security scenario at B’pora
Sriangar, Oct 15: Chief Secretary, BVR Subramaniyam accompanied by Principal Secretary Planning Monitoring and Development, RohitKansal and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday visited district Bandipora and convened a meeting of the officers of district and police administration to review the developmental and security scenario in the district.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik and all other district officers were present in the meeting.
The DDC gave a detailed presentation of physical and financial achievements made under various sectors including R&B, PHE, Power, Irrigation and flood control, Rural Development, Sports, Handicrafts and Education.
The DDC apprised the meeting that cent percent dumping of essential commodities has been ensured in Gurez for upcoming winter season. He said that Rs 46 lakh has been disbursed among the affected families of cross border shelling in Gurez sector and the construction of community Bunkers is under process.
The DDC informed the meeting that the district administration has put all the arrangements in place for the upcoming winter season and there is adequate availability of essential commodities including medicine in the district. All basic amenities and services are provided in a hassle free manner to the general public. He said various languishing developmental projects have been completed and work on others is going on.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Secretary appreciated the district administration for the efforts and arrangements put in place for the welfare of the people. He directed the officers to work with dedication and in a cooperative manner for accomplishing the various projects under execution in the district. He directed officers of the district administration to stress on development and public welfare.
While reviewing the sports sector, he stressed upon timely completion of play fields approved by the government at various places in the district. He asked for development of sports infrastructure for shaping the potential of youth in a proper direction.
He asked the officers of health department to ensure every possible support and facility to the patients in health institutions for enhancing the percentage of institutional deliveries in order to decrease the infant mortality rate.
The Chief Secretary directed district administration to activate men and machinery for combating the winter inconvenience. CS assured that all facilities will be provided to the general public in an uninterrupted manner and proper arrangements will be made for operation of Gurez- Bandipora road in upcoming winter.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan asked the officers to address public grievances on priority and emphasised the need of completion of developmental projects, for which he directed the concerned agencies to speed up the pace of work on developmental projects. He said that additional DG sets will be provided to Gurez for providing adequate power supply to the inhabitants.
The Chief Secretary and Div Com also reviewed arrangements put in place for the BDC Elections scheduled on 24 October 2019. They were informed that there are 12 blocks in district for which 36 candidates are in fray. All the arrangements have been finalised for the smooth conduct of elections in the district, DDC said.
Later on, as part of public outreach programme various deputations and public representative met Chief Secretary and Div Com and projected their demands. The deputations demanded completion of District Hospital, Bus Adda, Putushay Power grid Station and beautification of town. The demand of Bandipora Bypass road was also reiterated by the deputations. The development of town drainage system on modern lines and boosting of tourism was also projected by the representatives. Deputation from Bonakoot demanded completion of Bonakoot-Pannar Bridge for which on spot directions were issued by the Chief Secretary for removing bottlenecks in its completion.
The Chief Secretary assured the deputations that necessary steps will be taken to redress their genuine problems and asked the DDC to look into the public issues on priority and ensure that their genuine demands are fulfilled in a time bound manner.
Earlier Chief Secretary reviewed security scenario of the district with the officers from police and other security agencies.
Centre ₹5.5 lakh package for PaK families who settled outside JK after Partition
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a one-time payment of ₹5.5 lakh as a resettlement package for the 5,300 displaced families who had come from Pakistan-adminestered Kashmir and initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir but later relocated to the State.
A “historical wrong” has been corrected by the government, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the resettlement package for those PaK families who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after partition on separate occasions.
The families which had come from PaK but had settled outside Jammu and Kashmir were left out of the package, Javadekar said. These families had later resettled in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah calls high-level meet to review security situation
New Delhi, Oct 7: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a high-level meeting of the police chiefs of all the states and central armed forces to review the security situation as well as examine the progress of concerned states on crucial suggestions made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year.
The meeting in the back drop of prevailing situation in Kashmir valley as well as talks of conducting NRC in several states to identify illegal immigrants makes it more relevant since the government is pushing to recalibrate the national security strategy.
The meeting is organised by Intelligence Bureau on October 14 and October 15 which will be chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting will also be attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
Respective Director Generals of Police, besides discussing vital security elements like radicalization, cyber security, naxalism and others, will also be presenting action taken report of their states.
“Cyber crime and ISIS influence in Indian sub continent will be the major issue apart from police moderation and judicial reformation,” said a senior IPS officer, who will also be participating in the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Home Minister Rajnath Singh, now the Defence Minister, had been pushing police chiefs to work in seamless co-ordination to thwart looming threats.
Modi had suggested the police forces to be vigilant in countering the dark forces of radicalization, and to engender trust among all communities across the nation. He had stressed on the importance of Inter-State coordination, in tackling crime and emphasized on the need for capacity building in the police forces, on the subject of cyber security.
He had also suggested that all the states should learn best practices from the Jammu and Kashmir police force for their role in countering militants, and successfully engaging them.
Shah has sought the details of works done as suggested by Modi this year by forces across the country. He will personally review each Director Generals of Police’s work.
Sources further said that Shah’s focus wil be on the progress made in respect to intelligence gathering and real coordination with the states. The anti-terror units of the states would also be part of the meet.
In the last Conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police at Kevadiya in Gujarat held between December 20 to December 22, Mod had suggested various key issues that need to be addressed in a time bound manner and had sought a compliance report from Home Ministry.