‘Govt done its part, teachers should improve academic quality’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2018 11:40:18


Staff Reporter,


Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that government has done its part by merger them as teachers and now it is high time that the Shikshakarmis redirect their focus on improving quality of education with complete dedication and hard work, and prove our decision of mergence to be right.

The Chief Minister expressed these views while addressing the people in the 35th episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Raman Ke Goth’ aired from Raipur centre of Akashwani today morning. Apart from the merger of shikshakarmis, Chief Minister’s talk was focused on Sanchar Kranti Yojana and agricultural schemes. Dr Singh congratulated all the students on their school admission. Chief Minister appealed to the teachers to make children understand the importance of education and minute details of the subjects. Dr Singh said- every school should have environment like that of a ‘Gurukul’, where teachers and students share affectionate bond.

In the first phase, merger of 1.03 lakh teachers will take place, who have completed eight years or more as on July 1, 2018 as Shikshakarmis. In the next phase, merger of other teachers, who will gradually complete the service period of eight years. Now these teachers will get salary, allowances as per 7th pay commission, appointment on compassionate grounds, promotion and transfer benefits of a regular government teacher. Salaries of these teachers will be hiked by Rs 7000- Rs 12000. Chief Minister said- merger will lead of estimated expenditure of Rs 1346 crore, provisions for which have been made in the first supplementary budget passed in Legislative Assembly.

Dr Singh free textbooks are being distributed to all the students of 1st to 10th standards. In year 2003-04, 7.27 lakh copies of textbooks were distributed, now the number has increased to more than 2.63 crore. He added this year, 152 primary and 152 middle schools have been upgraded based on CBSE pattern. This year 129 middle schools have been upgraded as high schools and 130 high schools have been upgraded as higher secondary. Three thousand subject-expert teachers have been arranged with the help of Vidya Mitaan.

In his radio programme aired today morning, Dr Raman Singh thanked Prime Minister for historic hike of Rs 200 per quintal in the support price of paddy in one go, on behalf of two and a half crore people of Chhattisgarh and all the farmer families. Dr Singh said- now farmers will get Rs 1750 as support price for paddy. State Government provides Rs 300 per quintal paddy as bonus. In this way, now farmers will get Rs 2050 per quintal on paddy procurement. Support price of corn has also been hiked by Rs 275, while prices of pulses, oilseeds and other products have also been hiked significantly.

Chief Minister said that PM Modi has commenced a new era of security in lives of farmers with the announcement of Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme. This scheme has provided insurance cover to 14 lakh 60 thousand farmers of Chhattisgarh in year 2017-18, and Rs 1294 crore have been paid against the insurance claim. Dr Singh said payment of Rs 1294 crore as insurance claim on premium deposit of only Rs 359 crore is a miracle in itself.

The Chief Minister told the listeners that 1500 mobile towers will be installed in state at the cost of Rs 450 crore under Sanchar Kranti Yojana to provide benefit of digital connectivity to people of rural areas and also to expand mobile network in the state. Moreover, 50 lakh mobile phones will be distributed to rural families, urban poor families and college students.