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14.5% increase in school enrolment in J&K, says L-G

The Lt. Governor said that the focus is also laid on vulnerable segments for enrolment of students in pre-primary classes and primary classes which includes nomadic children…reports Asian Lite News

As a part of the National Education Policy (NEP), a new enrolment drive to bring the children to schools under ‘Aao School Chalein Campaign’ witnessed 14.5 per cent increase in the enrolment in Jammu and Kashmir in 2021-22 as compared to 2020-21, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said.

“A total of 1,65,000 students have been enrolled in various schools of J&K union territory. Under the unique initiative of the School Education Department, TALAASH Survey was launched. Through this initiative, 20 lakh children have been surveyed and out of which, 93,508 students have been found out of schools or never enrolled.

“Mainstreaming of out-of-school children has been initiated in the appropriate age schools. We are committed to provide education with a value system to all meritorious students,” the Lt Governor said.

The Lt. Governor said that the focus is also laid on vulnerable segments for enrolment of students in pre-primary classes and primary classes which includes nomadic children, children of far-flung areas, girls and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories.

He said at least 100 best teachers, lecturers of Jammu and Kashmir are being sent outside the union territory for training this year, who shall act as master trainers, mentor teachers, and will work to improve the cognitive skill of the mapped children.

“For capacity building of teachers, a student mentorship programme, Student & Teacher Engagement for Educational Reinforcement (STEER) has been launched in the UT which focuses on student performance in academics and to strengthen the learning outcome,” the Lt. Governor added.

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No mercy for militants and their supporters: Manoj Sinha

Sinha said his administration is committed to ensure peace and development in Kashmir…reports Asian Lite News.

Jammu and Kashmir Lt governor, Manoj Sinha said on Sunday that there will be no mercy for militants and their supporters.

Addressing an official function in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Lt governor, Manoj Sinha said, “There will be no mercy for militants and their supporters as there is no place for violence in the land of sufi saints. Misguided youths must shun violence and choose a better future for themselves.”

Sinha urged local religious leaders to keep an eye on children so that they are prevented from treading the wrong path.

He praised a local youth, Tanveer Ahmad Khan who cracked the Indian Economic Service (IES) exam 2020.

Sinha said his administration is committed to ensure peace and development in Kashmir.

“In a place like Kashmir, where there are sufi saints everywhere, there is no place for violence and militancy.”

“Sufi saints like Syed Simnani, who gave blood and sweat to promote peace and to defeat violence, there is no place for any sort of violence.”

“UT administration is committed to promote the vision of Sufi saints like Syed Simnani and promote the culture of peace and progress in the region.”

“Unfortunately some elements and the neighbouring country do not want peace to be promoted in Kashmir.

“Youth who have chosen the wrong path must shun violence. Those trying to mislead youth by pushing them towards violence are playing with the sentiments of the people of Kashmir”, Sinha said.

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J&K allocates Rs 12,600 cr for district development

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha says the bottom-up approach has been adopted to map optimal strategy for socio-economic development, inclusive growth, reports Asian Lite News

With an eye to spur equitable development in the grassroots, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha gave the nod to the Rs 12,600.58 crore District Capex Budget 2021-22. This allocation is more than double the previous year’s budget of Rs 5134.40 crore. 

The Capex Budget for all 20 districts was approved during a high-level meeting, chaired by Sinha at the Civil Secretariat, with the active involvement of Panchayats, Block Development Councils (BDCs), and District Development Councils (DDCs) on Wednesday.

As per UT administration’s release, during the marathon meeting, 20 chairpersons of DDCs, and all Deputy Commissioners gave a brief overview of their respective district plans.

Highlighting the key features of the District Capex Budget, Sinha observed that the community need-based plan has been prepared which focus on a rapid rise in the standard of living of the people, employment opportunities to locals, ensuring better roads, potable water and electricity, tourism potential, empowering youth and determining other priorities as per public demand.

He said that the bottom-up approach has been adopted to map optimal strategy for socio-economic development, sustainable and inclusive growth at the grass root level, strengthening of basic amenities and development of human capital by solidifying health and educational institutions.

“Jammu and Kasmir is witnessing a new dawn. For the first time, after the detailed deliberations, a plan has been prepared with the collective efforts of the Panchayati Raj Institution’s and the administration. The active participation of the public and their representatives in the planning process has laid a strong foundation for the developmental plans at Gram panchayat, block, and district levels. The district plan preparations started at Panchayat level and through BDC, it finally reached the District Development Council (DDC),” Sinha said.

While congratulating the DDC, Block Development Committees, Sarpanches, Panches, officials of UT Administration for preparing the historic district development plan, Sinha maintained that the community-based planning will play a key role in the implementation of the development works.

“With this historic move, the three-tier Panchayati Raj system has been further empowered through funds, functions and functionaries in Jammu and Kasmir to cater to the developmental needs of the people through efficient mobilization of resources,” the Lt Governor said.

Sinha also directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to take urgent action in order to tackle implementation constraints in infrastructure projects.

“More than 80 per cent of works taken up this year should be completed within 12-months with the true spirit of Jan Bhagidari and through the help of PRIs,” he told the DCs.

Sinha further asked the DCs and PRIs to focus on youth engagement, solid waste management, improving the health and education sector, provision of clean drinking water/irrigation facilities, better mobility, livelihood generation, and tourism and sports infrastructure.

He advised the DCs to maintain the connection with the public, besides sharing best practices for better and effective implementation of developmental works.

Sinha further informed that the UT administration is initiating District Evaluation Framework which will be finalised soon and the performances of the districts and their ranking will be published monthly. “An institutional mechanism will be put in place for monthly review of the progress in every district,” he added.

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