Giving a lesson of focussing on accelerating the pace of development, chief minister Virbhdra Singh on Monday asked the party workers and leaders to refrain from transfers of government employees, particularly the teaching community in the state.
Education and health were the top priorities of the government and paucity of funds would not come in the way of these vital sectors. Similarly, construction of roads was another priority of the government as roads were the lifeline for the development of the state.
He said after the introduction of the grading system by the union ministry of human resource development in schools, it appeared that teachers were focusing more on transfers to get the place of postings of their choice instead of imparting quality education to the pupils.
Addressing a large gathering after inaugurating a two-day district-level 'Sayar fair' at Arki, Singh said, “The situation has reached to an extent that the teaching community instead of focussing on teaching and strengthening the teacher-student relations is running after their adjustments.”
The situation was no different among the party's rank and file as most of the party workers were visiting his office for transfer orders instead of approaching him for developmental works. He asked the party's rank and file to restrain from transfer politics and focus on developmental activities for the all-round development of the state.
Turning to the loss suffered to the crops owing to heavy rain, he said the government had ordered a detailed survey to assess the losses and adequate compensation would be given to the farming community after receipt of the same.
Singh said since the BJP government had failed to generate the needed employment opportunities to the unemployed youths, his government had implemented the poll manifesto as a policy document. The government had made a provision of `100 crore under “Kaushal Vikas Yojana” to provide monthly honorarium to unemployed youths of the state.
He said owing to lack of awareness, a small section of unemployed youth had applied under the scheme and an amount of Rs. 4 lakh had been spent till date.
Under the scheme, the Congress government was providing `100 per month to matriculate unemployed youth, while `1,500 to handicapped.
Singh said the government had decided to open industrial training institute in each assembly segment to eliminate the growing problem of shortage of skilled manpower and unemployment.
Turing to locals' demand, he announced to open a government college at Dharampur in Kasauli constituency and Diggal in Arki segment. He also announced to construct additional block at Arki hospital and increasing its capacity from 25 beds to 75 beds.
Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation stone of building of the industrial training institute and the building of Ayurveda dispensary and dedicated a newly constructed examination hall of local senior secondary school to the school.
Social justice and empowerment minister DR Shandil and Arki legislator Govind Ram also spoke on the occasion.