Process to regularize SSA teachers on: Ngandam

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, responding to supplementary from Paknga Bage during question hour, said that 694 SSA teachers have been regularized,  while DPC is a continuing process while recent Cabinet has created posts exclusively to regularize them whose RR is being framed.

Referring to agitating 6,000 SSA teachers, Bage during question hour highlighted their pecuniary problems due to low salary and very irregular payment. He sought to know if the Govt is forming a policy to regularize them in a phased manner. While new 300 to 400 teachers are recruited annually, he asked: Why not absorb them at 50:50 ratio? What is the provision in RR for them?  When the GoAP has attached zero tolerance to education sector, why teachers teaching 80% students are trained but result is poor while private school teachers are untrained but giving good results?

Ngandam said that as per GoI instruction all teachers including of private schools have to undergo training and accordingly instruction has been issued to all schools.

When Tesam Pongte stressed on quality education, Ngandam admitted to the suggestion that all certificates would be verified during the DPC.

Eklavya School: Responding to supplementary from Wanglin Lowangdong, Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs Minister Nabam Rebia admitted that the GoI had sanctioned Rs 30.57 core for establishment of Eklavya Model Residential School one each at Kapu and Khela in 2016.

However, Rs 7.8 crore was released to Khonsa PWD division but it has surrendered Rs 4.2 crore. Thus, Rs 10.78 core is at its disposal of the executing agency, he said, adding on receipt of utilization certificate for Rs 3.6 crore, step will be taken for early release of next installment, Rebia said.

PDS scam: Responding to a supplementary from Japu Deru, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the PDS scam was handed over to the CBI on 9.12.18 by the GoAP and he took up the matter with union home minister recently to expedite the case. However, the CBI has sought some clarification which would be given by the GoAP soon.

CM Khandu, responding to a supplementary from Rajesh Tacho, said that he had toured the vast Dibang Valley district recently. That is why creation of SDO office at Arzoo is in process and is with empowered committee. “I assure to expedite the matter in public interest,” he added.

RWD allocation: Lombo Tayeng pointed out that Rs 50 crore was provided to RWD during the ongoing fiscal against Rs 40 crore during 2016-17. But allocation to 18 assembly constituency was nil during last fiscal while in other constituencies also the allocation was too meager, he said citing examples. Total Rs 40 crore was allocated in certain pockets, particularly in the constituency of the then minister. He wanted to know why such discrimination for development by this people-friendly Govt? Will the minister allocate Rs 50 crore to the deprived 18 assembly constituencies? Will few new schemes be permitted in those constituencies?

RWD Minister Bamang Felix clarified that the department was burdened with Rs 300 crore liabilities for which a committee has been constituted to examine the liabilities. The exercise would be over by the month end and no new scheme would be possible this year. “I assure that all liabilities would be cleared before taking up any new scheme,” he added.

PWD road: Markio Tado sought to know minutes of PWD meeting held in November 2017 not received by Tali circle.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein clarified that the meeting on 27.10.17 had discussed CPWD manual in details and it was for Jully road, which has been executed.

The manual was discussed for Juli road not for while state, Mein added.

Hydel project: Tapang Taloh wanted to know that when the company executing 2,700-mw Siang Lower hydro project withdraws what would happen to upfront money of Rs 41.32 crore deposited by the company to the GoAP. The project was discontinued as some people had taken huge money illegally from the company.

CM said that this is a serious matter affecting the state. MoU were signed on 22.02.06 when Gegong Aapng was CM and again on 08.12.10 when late Dorjee Khandu was CM, may be after assessing higher capacity. However, the project could not be taken up due to unsuccessful five to six public hearings  as without public consent executing hydel project is againt this Govt’s principle, he said. However, on refunding upfront money as per MoU, the GoAP has absolute right to decide. But, direction has been given to refund upfront money to 15 to 16 companies while few others have gone for litigation. He asked the members to level allegation with proof and assured thorough probe.

Zero hour discussion: Wanglin Lowangdong wanted to know the status of Khonsa-Hokanjuli road when Dy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, in response, said that land compensation was sent to Tirap DC was distributed and road work executed after finalization of tender. Whatever has been circulating in social media is nothing but out of frustration, he clarified.

Half-an-hour discussion: Tirong Aboh pointed out that Tirap district is worst affected due to massive transfer and posting of teachers. No relievers have been sent against transferred teachers and asked to relieve the transferred ones. Why such treatment and discrimination to Tirap when Assembly talks of priority given to education and health, he asked?

Former CM Nabm Tuki, taking part in the discussion, said the schools in his Sagalee constituency lacked subject teachers. The 40% result of last class-X and XII examinations indicated that the state has been lagging far behind in quality education. Thus, the GoAP should recruit subject teachers and distribute equally. Private teachers on being paid by MLAs are teaching in few Govt schools, he said to justify his views.

Terming Aboh’s view genuine, Wanglin Lowangdong said, that against mass transfer. The teachers are transferred and 254 elementary school and 19 secondary schools have zero enrolment while 184 and 34 teachers have been posted to those schools respectively. He suggested to form modality to transfer the teachers posted in no enrolment schools as the performance of Tirap schools was at the bottom in 2016. Kapu secondary school is without any headmaster for last many years for which last year’s result was zero while in Bordural GHS school has one subject teacher but it recorded 83% pass result. The department should take serious view of Tirap schools having 1, 2 or 3 teachers and don’t transfer teachers without any reliever, he added.

Admitting to the views of MLAs, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam said everyone is responsible for improving the education sector. Mass transfer was effected but excess teachers were transferred on the basis of Assembly resolution for rationalization of teachers’ posting. There are many factors including medical, family, tenure, political interference which obstruct the process, he said and approved not to release any transferred teacher without reliever. But few teachers on the demands of students and people are released, he said giving example of a teacher of Tirap district to maintain academic atmosphere.

Later, Aboh said demand to transfer a teacher was not correct as someone might have given wrong information to create such impression.

This is not a new problem as there are 352 excess teachers in Sagalee area whose transfer could not effected due to political interference. He urged all members to end political interference in larger interest of the state. Shortage of subject teachers is 15-year matter as no post was created. However, 1,300 subject teacher posts have been created, thanks to the CM and DyCM, whose recruitment would help in posting subject teachers. However, many private schools getting GoAP aids are part of the Govt. Borduria GHS school has lone subject teacher which remained so though he was education minister. All members are suffering, he said, adding the process to identify zero enrolment schools is on for action.

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