Announcing the initiative of the coalition government to give service benefits of first five years of their stipendiary service to the Rehber-e-Taleem teachers and make it transferable, chief minister Omar Abdullah said that this move of the government would benefit over 55,000 ReTs and create job opportunities for educated youth.
The chief minister made this announcement at the ReT educational conference at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on Friday.
Omar said that the government observed that these two demands of ReTs were justified and should be accepted to accrue benefits to them and strengthen the system of education delivery in the rural areas.
"This would not only help the ReTs to grow and develop but create a continuous process of creating vacancies of ReTs in the rural, remote and backward areas for the educated youth", he said and received a standing ovation from the hundreds of ReTs participating in the Conference, when he made this announcement.
The chief minister made the same announcement in Jammu on Friday afternoon at another ReT conference at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University.
Addressing the conferences, the chief minister highlighted the role of teachers. "Teachers fraternity, in general and those imparting education at elementary levels, are builders and protectors of the future of a nation. You lay strong foundation for a healthy society and your responsibility and service are stupendous", he told the teachers.
Omar referred the launch of ReT in the tenure of Farooq Abdullah led government and said that since then it served in a best way to ensure good education in the rural and far flung areas. He said ReT scheme was best designed to suit the local requirements.
He expressed the hope that it will get further fillip in the years to come.
Referring to several initiatives taken by the government for welfare of the government employees, the chief minister said that the government has been actively considering the enhancement of retirement age of the universities faculties and medical education faculty.
He said there is also a proposal under active consideration of the government pertaining to creation of contingency employees in the education sector.