RAIPUR: Admitting that the state government could have erred in the proper implementation of the Right to Education Act (2009), which provides for education of all children between the ages of 6 years and 14 years without having to appear for exams till the 8th class, chief minister Dr Raman Singh on Sunday said with the launch of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Quality Education Mission, there is a scope for better and higher standards of education.
Responding to a suggestion for an overhaul in the school education examination system during his third series of radio broadcast to the people of the state in his program Raman ki goth, the chief minister assured that the future of the children of the state is safe and they have a bright career both in Chhattisgarh and national-level ahead.
Expressing deep concern over the recent accident which claimed lives of 5 children of Government Middle School of Village Rajkatti while being taken on an excursion tour in Gariyaband district on tractors, Dr Singh said rules were obviously not followed and the lives of all the 73 children was put at risk by choosing tractor-trollies as the mode for their transportation. He warned teachers and school authorities and advised them to exercise more caution in the future.
Expressing sympathies with the families of the deceased children, the chief minister said the government has taken stern action against those responsible for the tragic deaths and a police complaint has been filed.
While referring to the situation in the drought hit 110 tehsils in the state, Dr Singh said all steps are being taken to mitigate the hardships being faced by farmers and the union government had been urged to provide immediate assistance of Rs 4000 crores. He said 22 lakh farmers will be provided seeds worth Rs 200-300 crores free-of-cost in the drought-hit regions of Chhattisgarh, besides 9,000 units of electricity would supplied free-of-cost to them.
He said about Rs 30,000 worth of power is being supplied free-of-cost to each farmer, benefitting four lakh farmers. He said under MNREGA youth will be provided with 150 days of employment instead of earlier 100 days.
Referring to the purchase of paddy, Dr Singh said arrangements have been made to buy every grain of paddy at Minimum Support Price and the process would start from Nov 16 and continue till January 31. “The purchase will be done at the 1976 kendras of the Co-Operative Samitis and 13.23 lakhs farmers had been registered this year”, he said.
He appealed to the farmers to carry clean and dry paddy to the purchase centres. The Minimum Support Price for common paddy is fixed at Rs 1,410 per quintal and for Grade-A paddy Rs 1,450 per quintal. The payment will be paid online to the farmers.