By:Mohan Lal Verma
Taking a jibe at Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal said in the assembly on Friday that transfer notes and announcements to set up tehsils are being distributed like toffees”.
“On an average 50 DOs (demi-officials) are being issued relating to transfer of the teachers every day and certain leaders are allegedly involving in executing tranfers” said Prem Kumar Dhumal while participating in a debate on the Governor’s address of March 11.
“If you have any information, you can provide me secretly. There are 1,117 schools in the state in which there is only one teacher. In my Hamirpur constituency there is a school in which there are 17 students and 7 teachers. Why so many teachers have been posted in one school. There is a need to rationalize (the education department).” said Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Concerned over the declining standards of education at the primary and elementary levels, Dhumal said a majority of Class 5 and 6 students in the government schools are not able to comprehend textbooks meant for students of Class 1. On announcements of setting up of tehsils and sub-tehsils in districts, he said so many announcements have been made in the past two years and these are being announced as you are distributing toffees.
Dhumal thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the enhanced grants to the hill state as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission.” We are thankful to Modi and government of India for accepting the recommendations. The state will get Rs.75,000 crore in the next five years,” he said.
Intervening during the debate, the Chief Minister said the credit for getting the grants from the central government goes to the government and not to the opposition BJP (in the state). He blamed the previous BJP government headed by Dhumal for underestimation of committed liabilities by the 13th Finance Commission. This, he said, had resulted in the grim financial position of the state.
The chief minister will give reply to the debate on the governor’s address on March 17.