Development and Prosperity

23/11/2021

In a major step, Government has proposed to merge 2000 more schools to strike balance between ratio of teachers and students and a study to this effect has already been initiated by the Education department on the directions of Lieutenant Governor in view of reports that in certain schools number of teachers was much higher as compared to students while it was reverse in other educational institutions. Asserting that merger of 2000 more schools is being studied, the Lieutenant Governor directed the Education Department to expedite the process for better utilization of the staff. There have been reports that in many education institutions, both in urban as well as rural areas, there is significant imbalance between teacher and student ratio. There were certain schools where 20-25 teachers have been posted for 100-odd students while in other educational institutions, there were 3-4 teachers for almost equal number of pupils.
In another significant announcement, Sinha said the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) will be fully involved and taken into confidence while finalizing budget for next financial year of 2022-23. The Government has already transferred 27 functions to the PRIs and kept significant budget at their disposal for the developmental works. Many developmental works are now being executed by the District Development Councils (DDCs), Block Development Councils (BDCs) and Panchayats. This was for the first time last year that three-tier Panchayati Raj System was established in Jammu and Kashmir.
Several landmark decisions of the Government are steering people's empowerment, taking J&K towards new heights of development and prosperity. For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, 7000 recruitments have been done on merit basis, in a transparent manner, which is a living example of how corruption-free, transparent and just system contributes to the progress of the marginalized class. Following the ideals of the Prime Minister, LG introduced digital initiatives to bring more transparency and reduce the gap between the system and the service, for the convenience of the common citizen. Such interventions will go a long way to ensure that benefits of the public welfare schemes are being made available to the people so that every citizen can live a dignified and prosperous life in a harmonious and progressive environment. The UT government headed by the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is doing a commendable job in terms of the overall development of the UT.

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