The Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday informed the House that the state cabinet has approved up-gradation of 200 middle schools (100 in each division) to the level of High School and 200 High schools (100 in each division) to Higher Secondary level.
The spokesman said replying to a question by Mr Rajiv Jasrotia, the Minister said the identification of the schools is being made by the School Education Department in consultation with Legislators as per norms/feasibility for up-gradation, he added and said that however, the up-gradation of schools shall be subject to availability of funds for creation of requisite staff and infrastructure.
Regarding transfer of teachers, the Minister said that the engagement of ReTs is school specific and their transfer is not covered under the Transfer Policy of the Department, as such no transfer of ReTs has been made in contravention of the basic spirit of the transfer policy. He, however, said in Jammu Division, some transfers of ReTs have been issued by the Chief Education Officers in contravention of the basic spirit of the transfer policy, for which an inquiry has already been initiated by the Department and the inquiry report is yet to be received, he added.
Elaborating on another part of the question, the Minister said that attachments/deployments of some teachers have been effected on the approval of the Administrative Department/Head of Departments concerned.
“Premature transfers, wherever unavoidable, were ordered with the prior approval of the competent authority, keeping in view the administrative exigency”, he said and added that in certain cases, premature transfers have been effected on health/security/marriage grounds. However, he said while ordering such transfers efforts are made to provide substitutes, enabling the smooth functioning of the department, he added.
Minister for Rural Development, Mr Haq Khan informed the House that government has approved 11653 dwelling units under Prime Minister Awas Yojna (PMAY) during 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Replying to a question by Mr Shakti Raj Parihar, the Minister said that said the first instalment was released to 9830, second instalment released to 1277 beneficiaries while as the third instalment was released to 56. He said 13 houses were completed so far.
He asserted that there was no disparity in allotment of financial assistance at the divisional level.
Responding to another part of the question, the Minister said that the technical staff including Work Supervisors, Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Assistant Executive Engineers and Executive Engineers are already working in Blocks, Divisions and Sub-divisions for making effective execution of works including Centrally Sponsored Schemes he added. He further told the House that the department has taken revolutionary steps including, implementation of e-FMS under MGNREGA through which the department directly transfers wages electronically under MGNREGA to the already linked bank accounts of the beneficiaries and makes it paperless besides eliminating delays in wage payment. He said that measures ensure the much-needed transparency and funds will reach to the real beneficiaries on the ground.
Responding to the supplementary to the main question, the Minister informed that supporting staff of MGNREGA is doing good and has contributed a lot to the successful implementation of the programme in the State. He said that the government has increased their wages and consider to further enhancement.