Revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia has claimed that the dropout rate in schools of the state has declined with the state government paying special attention to upgrading the education system and ensuring quality education for even economically weaker families.
He said it was the result of the efforts being made by SAD-BJP government that Punjab has become the leading state in the country in the education sector. It was ranked at the 14th position during the last Congress rule in the state.
Talking to mediapersons here on Thursday after inaugurating Alpine Kids School, constructed in association with Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Welfare Society, Majithia said that as education was the base of development of every section of the society and the nation, the government was dutybound to provide quality education.
He said the state government had recruited more than 55,000 teachers, opened 233 primary schools, upgraded 858 primary schools, besides spending Rs 141 crore on improving infrastructure in the schools. He said that due to these efforts, the dropout rate in schools of Punjab had sharply declined.
Majithia said the government had also started six new universities and 17 degree colleges, besides developing Mohali as a Knowledge City by setting up a business school and a nano technology centre there.
'No burden on people in budget'
Talking about the budget presented by the Punjab government, Majithia said the government, despite initiating new development plans, had not put any burden on the masses. Describing it as a budget of the common masses, he said the government had also sanctioned an extra budget of Rs 6 crore for providing compensation of Rs 3,000 per acre to the farmers of border areas.
Accusing the Congress of deliberately trying to interrupt the smooth flow of proceedings of the assembly, he said in reality the Congress had no issue to rake up in the Vidhan Sabha. "So the opposition has preferred to hold a mock session instead of playing the role of a strong Opposition in public interest. By adopting such means, the Congress is making a mockery of a democratic institution," he added.