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Maluka opposes interference of Centre in education schemes

Satinder Pal Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, February 08, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(8/2/2013)

Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka has opposed the interference of the central government in education schemes.

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He said this while taking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a convocation function here on Friday.

He said sudden changes in schemes or their discontinuation resulted in agitations.

He demanded that the central government should just give funds to the Punjab government, which it would utilise properly for education purposes.

He refused to implement some central government schemes, arguing that the Centre changed or withdrew such schemes at its own convenience.

The Punjab government has decided not to implement any central scheme till the latter gives an assurance that it would not be withdrawn at its convenience.

On being asked about the filling of vacant posts of teacher in the state, he said a case in this connection is pending in the court. All vacant posts would be filled after the decision of the court, he added.

Regarding the security of girls in schools and colleges, he said, "We have taken action in the past and will continue to do so."

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