Mahabubnagar: MLC P Sudhakar Reddy said that the State government would complete the process of filling 8,762 teacher posts in various schools across Telangana before the commencement of the coming academic year.
He was in Mahabubnagar town to attend a meeting of Progressive Recognised Teachers Union (PRTU) on Thursday. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Reddy said several initiatives of the government were aimed at improving the quality of education in schools.
He said that in order to speed-up the process of recruiting teachers in Gurukul schools, government has constituted a separate recruitment board. He stated that introduction of new menu in midday meals, building toilets, kitchen sheds, providing basic facilities in government schools and improvement of educational standards in Anganwadi schools were among the top priorities of the government.
In rural hamlets where there are no schools in a radius of a kilometre, State government would bear the cost of transportation of children from the coming academic year, he assured. He also said that Rs 2,000 to 3,000 would be given to every school to appoint scavengers in schools. The contingency fund, school grants and teachers’ grants will also be increased, he said.
Reddy said that DSC results may be announced anytime now and that in the coming academic year not only new appointments, but also long-pending promotions to teachers would be given, which would create further vacancies.
He also spoke about recruitment in all government jobs and said that out of the 60,000 posts notified by the government, 30,000 had already received appointment orders and that the other 30,000 were also being processed. “I can say with confidence that the State government will fill 1,10,000 posts as promised,” he said.
On a question raised by a reporter about the State government opting out of Contributory Pension System (CPS), he said that as 27 States across India had come under National Pension Scheme (NPS), the State government was cautiously engaging with the Centre about the contribution made by the employees of Telangana for the past 14 years and that efforts were underway to recover that amount. He said a committee was also formed by the State government led by the Finance Secretary to study the issue and its legal implications and that the idea to opt out from CPS was also being considered.
“State government is also seriously considering introducing the 11th Pay Revision Commission (PRC) and that Telangana would soon be above any other State in paying government employees,” he said.