Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the school education department to install biometric devices in all local body and aided schools across the state. The move is aimed at helping the government keep a check on the actual number of students registered in these schools.
Knowing the actual number of students in these schools will help the government ascertain how much financial grant needs to be disbursed to these schools, said officials.
In a review meeting attended by education minister Vinod Tawde, minister for higher and technical education Ravindra Waikar, social justice minister Dilip Kamble and secretaries from the departments held on Thursday evening, Fadnavis has also asked the school and higher and technical education departments to link all the scholarship schemes with Aadhaar and complete the target of making 33,000 schools digital. He has also asked them to make their transactions cashless.
The state government has been pushing for cashless transactions in all its departments in the wake of the demonetisation.
Fadnavis has also directed the higher and technical education department to prepare a plan to bring Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur universities in the top universities’ list.
He also reviewed the schemes implemented by the social justice department and asked officials to expedite the works under the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Entrepreneurship Scheme, which aims at providing security to farmers belonging to the scheduled castes.
The department has been also asked to prepare a policy on facilities to be given to the physically challenged and senior citizens by March 17.
CM calls for cashless society
The Centre has appointed chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as member of a high-power committee of chief ministers to promoting a cashless society in the country.
In its first video-conference meeting on Thursday, Fadnavis emphasised on “reverse working” for a cashless society, like giving priority to the needs of farmers, labourers from unorganised sector and small vendors.
He also briefed the committee on the remedies and steps taken by his government towards the promotion of a cashless economy.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is convenor of the committee