‘Shikshkarmis’ demands may be considered if they resume duties’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 12:40:51

Staff Reporter,


Dec 2,

Asserting that there is no concept called ‘Equal Work, Equal Pay’, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar said, the State Government has single-line stand on Teachers (Panchcyat) –Shikshakarmis, i.e., State Government is ready for talks with open mind and that accept regularization and merger, the state government is ready to consider every demand including implementation of Seventh Pay Commission proposals, transfer, etc.

The Panchayat Minister said, talks are underway at various levels with Shikshakarmis and he is hopeful that the impasse’ will end at the earliest. He said there is a possibility of dialogue on Sunday with him and let’s hope something positive comes out of it. When queried on one side the Government is stating it is open for talks while on the other they are arresting Shikshakarmis all over the State, Chandrakar said, the primary objective of the Government is that academic activities should not be hampered at any cost and it would not hesitate to take any steps in order to ensure that.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday under ‘Bemisal 14 Saal’ initiative, wherein, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, who also holds the Health portfolio, gave a detailed account of achievements of his departments in last 14 years. Chandrakar said alike Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been recognized as Brand Ambassador for cleanliness drive under  Swach Bharat Mission, similarly, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has been the Brand Ambassador in restoring faith of people on government hospitals by getting his family members treated in government hospitals.

Chandrakar said very shortly his department will be amending the Right to Recall Act under the Panchayat department. Presently there is provision for recalling any elected panchayat representative through two-third majority, which will be amended in order to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institutions. The draft of the said the amendment proposals are under preparation and once completed and approved by Cabinet, its amendment proposals would be made public.

The Panchayat Minister said under the Swach Bharat Mission, 98 percent panchayats have been covered. By carrying out amendment in Panchayat Act, cleanliness has also been included as a component of a representative. Also academic criteria of representatives have also been fixed for the representative at different levels. Giving a boost to women empowerment, 50 percent reservation has been given to women under three tier panchayati raj institutions in Chhattisgarh, which has brought encouraging results. The Panchayat department has also ensured ready stock of rice in every gram panchayat, to provide for the poor. In villages where the population is over 2000, facility of internal electrification has been initiated. Chandrakar said in these 14 years, the budget of the department has increased to Rs 9472 crore.

Commenting on Cabinet approval for allocating Rs 600 crore to mobile companies for tower installation, Chandrakar said there is a provision of using funds allocated under 14th Finance Commission on basic infrastructure development and accordingly the approval had been given. However, there will be no purchases from this fund. He said under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojna, a target of constructing 10 lakh houses in the state has been set, of which, 1.5 lakh houses have already been completed in first year.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Chandrakar while giving details of achievements of Health department, said the quality of treatment and infrastructure in government hospitals are changing. People faith on undergoing treatment in government hospitals have been established which can be gauged from the fact that in 2016-17 the OPD patients have increased to 1.83 crore from 43.17 lakh in 2008-09. Similarly, the numbers of in-patients (IPD) have increased to 14.02 lakh from 3.19 lakh in 2008-09.

Adding that the budget in Health has increased by 13 times to Rs 4016.19 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 341 crore in 2001-02, Chandrakar said the state government is working towards a targeted approach of providing free diagnosis for patients in government hospitals at the same time health infrastructure and faculty are also being improved. He said already six government medical colleges have been started and within a decade the dearth of doctors not only in Chhattisgarh but also in neighbouring states will be met. State government is also working towards upgrading Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Raipur into a Post Graduate Institute.

Chandrakar said the super-specialty hospital in Raipur will start functioning from March 2018 and another police super-specialty hospital is being constructed in Jagdalpur. Modern medical facilities along with doctors have been developed in far flung areas like Sukma and Bijapur district hospital. The state government is working towards establishing trauma centers in every district, starting with trauma units in Kanker and Sukma, which will come up very soon.