Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday gave approval for legislation of Teachers Transfer Policy in the Vidhan Sabha, while announcing Rs 500 per month increase in the salaries of Mid-Day Meal workers and distribution of another 2.14 lakh smartphones to Class 12 government school students this year.
The enactment of legislation will give legal sanctity to the Teachers Transfer Policy, introduced by the Punjab government in 2019 to make the entire process transparent, efficient, and corruption-free, said the Chief Minister.
On the issue of salary hike for Mid-Day Meal workers in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh said it was a long pending demand of the workers, who had got a hike last in 2017. The move will benefit 42000 MDM workers in 19000 schools.
Punjab CM further announced that the process of distribution of 2.14 lakh more smartphones will commence within three months, with budget allocation already made for 2020-21. The proposal will be cleared at the next meeting of the state cabinet, and orders will be placed immediately thereafter.
Pointing out that 1.75 lakh students studying in class 12th had already been provided Smart Phones during 2020-21, the Chief Minister said in addition, 3502 Tablets had already been provided to the students of Government schools, while Rs. 5.25 crore had been kept aside for e-Libraries.
The Chief Minister directed the School Education Department to formulate a scheme and draft a formal proposal, for the introduction of NCC training as a subject in all schools in a phased manner, beginning with the border schools.
Enrollment in the government schools had registered an increase of 15.07 percent with 27.20 lakh students enrolled during 2020-21, he said, also noting the increase in pass percentage of Class X and XII students of government schools, who were now faring better than in private schools.
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