The government on Monday ordered a probe into the supply of free school uniform under the Mahatma Gandhi School Uniform Scheme in the state.
Replying to a question raised by opposition legislator Ishwar Dass Dhiman, civil supplies minister GS Bali said the department would conduct an inquiry into the supply of free uniform to schoolchildren and the report would come in the ongoing budget session only.
Earlier, replying to the question, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said 193 random samples of school uniforms were taken of which 27 failed to meet the quality standards and government had imposed a penalty of Rs 3.88 on the supplier.
Posing a supplementary question, leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal, abd BJP MLAs Ishwar Das Dhiman and Mahender Singh said would the government hold someone responsible for the supply of substandard uniform. To this, Bali said probe would be conducted. He also said a fine of Rs 4.56 crore was imposed on the supplier in 2013-14 and Rs 3.88 crore in 2014-15. He said in 2012-13, only Rs 12 lakh penalty was imposed on the supplier.
2.65 LAKH CASES PENDING IN COURTS
The government on Monday said that 2,65,840 cases were pending in courts across the state. It said 296 cases were pending in the high court for more than a decade and 5,572 cases were pending for the past five to 10 years. In a written reply to a question posed by Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj, the government said 39,616 cases were pending in the high court and 2.26 lakh cases in subordinate courts, including 1.34 lakh criminal cases.
2 INDUSTRIAL UNITS SHUT IN BILASPUR
Industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri said a pharma and a steel unit was shut in Bilaspur district citing the huge losses. He said if any industrialist wants to shut his unit, the government can’t force him to continue. Replying to a question of Naina Devi legislator Randhir Sharma, he said the industrial units did not close down due to high power tariff, but due to losses incurred by adverse operation and financial issues.
Technical education minister GS Bali said with two courses, IIT was established in Saloh of Una district with the annual intake of 30 students. Posing a supplementary question, BJP legislator Virender Kanwar said why the institution was shifted to Saloh. The BJP also demanded to table the all notification regarding the institute.