Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Over 1.70 lakh Shiksha Mitras to be regularised

Over 1.70 lakh Shiksha Mitras to be regularised

LUCKNOW: Their long-drawn protest finally bore fruit when the UP cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to regualrise over 1.70 lakh 'shiksha mitras' (auxiliary teachers) in the basic education department. With Lok Sabha elections just round the corner, the UP government also okayed the 'Samajwadi Pension Scheme' which has the provision for a monthly pension of Rs 500 to Rs 700 to over 40 lakh families.

In other major decisions, the retirement age for Lal Bahadur Shastri Ganna Kisan Santhan (LBSGKS) employees was raised from 58 to 60 years. The cabinet also cleared the schedule for assembly session in March and authorized the chief minister to decide the dates for it.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said all the decisions taken by the cabinet pertained to public interests, some of which were pending for years. About finances to fund the new schemes and policies, Akhilesh said UP's financial condition was in doldrums when the SP came to power. "We have stabilized the situation and are aware of the challenges on this front and will tackle them one by one," he said.

Briefing the media about other decisions, chief secretary Jawed Usmani said the cabinet cleared the new excise policy for the next fiscal year with a target additional revenue realisation of 21.4% of the current fiscal year and upgrading the police and fire departments in the National Capital Region.

The regularization of shiksha mitras will be done under Section 19 of the UP Basic Education Act, 1972, which provides the state government to make rules by notification for purposes essential for achieving the target of this Act. The cabinet has authorised chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to clear separate set of rules for regularization of shiksha mitras which are likely to be tabled within a week. Trained shiksha mitras will be given preference over the untrained ones and will first undergo training before being absorbed as regular teachers.

Home secretary Amrit Abhijaat said the cabinet has cleared posting of sub-inspectors as in charge of police station in one-third of total (1,452) police stations in the state on the basis of a government order issued in 2008. As per the GO, while two-third of the total police stations in the state which are headed by Inspector post officers, will have inspectors as the in charge while the remaining will now have SIs.

Abhijaat said the police stations for posting of SIs as in charge will be shortlisted on the basis of the crime rate, area under the particular police station and likes. He said the cabinet has authorised principal secretary home to take decisions relating to minor adjustments in the process.

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