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Education officers should take strict measures to improve quality of education in school: Minister Pandey

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Dehradun : Under the chairmanship of Education Minister Mr. Arvind Pandey, a review meeting of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan was held at Secretariat meeting hall on Thursday. Education Minister issued instructions to prepare a report regarding the directions issued by the honorable High Court that price of the others books being introduced by certain private schools affiliated with should not be more than NCERT books and apprise the honorable High Court and government. For this, the Education Minister issued directions to appoint one Nodal officer each in Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar.

Additional State Project Director Dr. Mukul Sati in Dehradun, Joint Director Education Raghunath Lal Arya in Nainital, Joint Director Bhupendra Negi in Haridwar and Deputy Director Anand Bhardwaj in Udham Singh Nagar have been appointed Nodal Officers.

Education Minister said that education is an important subject and hence there should not be a strike in the education department. Departmental officials should constantly keep monitoring this. He issued instructions regarding the orders issued in the past pertaining to the merger of schools having student strength less than 10 with the nearby schools, re-investigation should be conducted in certain suspected cases. He said that after this decision, the reality of the increase in the number of students in certain schools should be re-investigated. He instructed the education officers to take strict measures to improve the quality of education in the school. He told the officers that keeping in view the interest of education they should not hesitate from taking tough decisions.

Education Minister instructed Additional Secretary, School Education Ravneet Cheema to continuously inspect the schools of the state. He instructed to adopt e-tendering process for the construction of school buildings so that the quality of the buildings is good. Also, he ordered to include the provision in the MOU that contractor, who has constructed the building, will take care of its maintenance for 15 years.

Education Minister issued instructions to ensure good quality in the work of computer and networking under the ICT scheme in schools approved by the Government of India besides qualitative work in innovative activities, Yoga, band competition, career counselling, graphic arts, mathematics, English spelling wizard, tour of other states, art etc. Education Minister has issued instructions to take special care of quality in the reconstruction of the approved 140 primary schools and repair of 204 schools. On this occasion, through a presentation, Additional State Project Director Samagra Shiksha Dr. Mukul Sati informed that union government has sanctioned Education Department a budget of Rs 1055.05 crores for the financial year 2018-19, which has last year spill over of Rs 224.20 crores and Rs 8308.05 crores for new projects. In the budget, Rs. 582.67 crore for primary education, Rs. 166.87 crore for secondary education and Rs. 81.31 crore for teacher education has been approved. In the year 2018-19, smart classes are to be set up in 474 schools. Under the ICT project, facility of computers and networking has to be provided in 642 new schools, 500 secondary schools of past years and 62 Upper Primary Schools.

Secretary Education Dr. Bhupendra Kaur Aulakh, Director General Education Alok Shekhar Tiwari, Additional Secretary Education Ravneet Cheema, Director Secondary/Primary Education Rakesh Kumar Kunwar, Director Academic Seema Jaunsari, Additional State Project Director Samagra Shiksha Dr. Mukul Kumar Sati, Additional Director Ram Krishna Uniyal etc. were present in the meeting.


64 illegal encroachments identified during anti-encroachment drive on Thursaday

Dehradun: Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash has informed that in pursuance of orders of honorable court, the exercise of demolition, identification of illegal encroachments and illegal constructions on footpaths, lanes, roads and other places and sealing of illegal encroachments in Dehradun city by Mussoorie- Dehradun Development Authority, Municipal Corporation, Dehradun and district administration has been going on.

Under the anti-encroachment drive on Thursday, 64 illegal encroachments were identified. Till date, a total of 3321 illegal encroachments have been demolished, 6930 illegal encroachments have been identified and 108 buildings have been sealed.

Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash held a meeting with senior officials of the anti-encroachment task force and police department at ITTD auditorium at Women Industrial Training Centre at Survey Chowk on Thursday.

Om Prakash said that he will himself honour and  award commendation certificates to those officials and employees of police and PWD department who got FIRs registered against 33 persons indulging in encroachments.

Om Prakash said that after the removal of encroachments, the work of beautification of roads will be taken up on priority. He said that besides beautification, private parkings, vending zones and bus stops will also be constructed. He asked the police officials to give a report of the roads which bear burden of traffic so that such roads could be rebuilt on priority basis. The work of beautification of roads will be done in a phased manner.

Om Prakash said that in the first phase of beautification and widening of roads, the work of shifting of electricity poles and power lines will be done. In the second phase, the work of constructing drains and ducts along the roads will be taken up. In the third phase, the stone work and beautification of roads will be done.

Om Prakash strictly instructed the officials of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation that notices should be served to those people to clear the debris from public land at the earliest who had not cleared the debris after the removal of such encroachments by themselves. He said that if despite the notices, such people do not clear the debris then, the debris should be lifted by the anti-encroachment task force and such people should be charged.

Om Prakash also expected from the officials of the police department that before the rebuilding of roads, they should get details of the works like traffic lights, parking of vehicles, police barriers ne made available to the re-construction committee of the task force so that the committee can get the work started. Om Prakash instructed the District Magistrate and City Commissioner to lodge FIRs against wholesale dealers found in possession of polythene.

ADG Ashok Kumar assured the Additional Chief Secretary that police department will provide full support to anti-encroachment task force in removing encroachments and beautification of roads.

Secretary Urban Development R.K. Sudhanshu, District Magistrate S.A. Murugesan, SSP Nivedita Kukreti, Director, Traffic Kewal Khurana, Vice-Chairman, MDDA, Asish Srivastava, City Commissioner Vijay Kumar Jogdande, Secretary MDDA P.C.Dumka, Under Secretary Dinesh Kumar Punetha and other officers were present in the meeting.