Assembly: ‘Give Me Deg College or I will Snap Water Supply,’ Rasheed warns Govt

Riyaz Ul Khaliq

SRINAGAR

Er Sheikh Ab Rasheed
Er Sheikh Ab Rasheed (MLA Langate)

Jammu and Kashmir Government was on Monday warned that water supply to some areas in North Kashmir’s Kupwara will be snapped if Langate constituency was not allotted a degree college.

Participating in debate over grants to Education sector, Langate lawmaker, Er Sheikh Ab Rasheed revealed, “I have admitted my son in a government school. I though it will inspire people and government schools seriously.”

He said that his son is a ninth class student and is student of Government High School Sanzipora, Langate.

He further said that a locally run Trust in Langate gave free coaching to over 650 students in last winter. “It was only after that government came up with Super 50; I won’t say, I have inspired but we were the first to start free coaching,” he said.

However, he said that Education Minister didn’t attend one of its functions wherein student toppers were facilitated.

Warning government if his constituency was not allotted a degree college, Er Rasheed told the house, “I will snap water supply to whole area.”

The pipes pass through his constituency and supply water to other adjoining areas.

“I give you one year’s time,” Rasheed told the Education Minister, “either give me Degree college or I will cut water supply to whole area which goes from my constituency.”

Referring to some other Degree College opened in Rafiabad Constituency, he ridiculed the government saying, “just open the degree college with a board that it is for only PDP supporting students.”

Rafiabad assembly constituency is represented by Yawar Mir, a PDP lawmaker.

Altaf Bukhari
Altaf Bukhari

Participating in the debate, former Minister and Amira Kadal lawmaker, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari asked government to introspect as why dropout rate in government schools was at over 3%.

“You have clubbed a lot of schools with an aim to improve the quality of education but then why are students leaving government schools,” he asked Education Minister.

Further, he said, the government needs to improve the infrastructure in the Colleges which are being upgraded as Cluster Universities. Amar Singh College, which is located in Goghji Bagh is being upgraded as Cluster University. The area falls in Amira Kadal constituency.

He claimed that several schools in his constituency are without chairs and benhces.

He also asked government to clear the “confusion” as “where from the money will come which has been waived off in form of fee to girl students”. “I recently visited a government school where 560 girl students are enrolled,” Bukhari said, “but I didn’t find it in budget as well as who will pay the schools the money which has been waived off for girls.”

The PDP led government waived off fee for girl students studying in government schools up to class 12th.

Ganderbal lawmaker pricked the “rationalization” policy of education sector by revealing gross violations in posting of teachers.

“In a school in Zadibal area, ten students are enrolled and they are ‘taught’ by 12 masters and 07 teachers,” Lawmaker Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar told the house, “but in a Kangan school, students are awaiting a teacher to teach them science.”

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