Students protest against being barred from Class 10 exams

Baramulla: The students of Government High School (GHS), Binner here on Monday held demonstrations against the school authorities accusing them of barring most of the students from appearing in Class 10 exams as regulars.
The students appeared outside the office of Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Farooq Ahmad Lone and the office of Chief Education Officer (CEO), Baramulla, Syed Abdul Rouf and staged protests against the school authorities.
The students alleged that the school authorities were not allowing most of the students to appear in the Class 10 exams as regular candidates. Out of 59 students, they said the school authorities have allowed only six to appear in exams.
“Our class has a roll of 59 students. However, after the golden test, the school authorities only allowed six students to participate in final examinations as regulars. This is injustice,” Amir Hameed, a protesting student, said.
Mohammad Iqbal Parray, another protester said the school authorities have only shown a roll of 36 students in Class 10 after the golden test was held. He said the Headmaster ignored the students when they approached him.
Parray said the protesting students also apprised the Deputy Commissioner about their problem. “He took up the matter with CEO and asked him to produce the factual report of the same to his office within three days,” he said.
Meanwhile, the CEO, Baramulla, Syed Abdul Rouf said the issue will solved within three days.Proposal for `1,000 minimum monthly pension approved: Govt
New Delhi: Government has approved minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000 under Employees Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) run by the retirement body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Parliament was informed Monday.
The decision of the government would immediately benefit 28 lakh pensioners including 5 lakh widows getting less than Rs 1000 as pension every month. In all, there are 44 lakh pensioners under the EPS-95 scheme.
“Yes, Government has approved minimum pension of Rs 1000 per month to the pensioners under the EPS-95,” Minister of state for Steel, Mines, Labour and Employment Vishnu Deo Sai said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
According to the Minister, several representations have been received for enhancement of pension under EPS-95 and based on those, “government has approved minimum pension of Rs 1,000 to pensioners under the EPS-95.”
Earlier, Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had discussed the proposal with trade unions on June 24 and assured the government will take a decision within two weeks.
As per the proposal, pensioners were to get the benefit with effect from April 1 this year. The government would have to provide an additional amount of around Rs 1,217 crore to ensure a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 for 2014-15.
A senior official said the new government did not want to provide this entitlement merely for one financial year and wanted this to be implemented for all times to come. That is why the proposal was reviewed.
The proposal was already approved by the UPA government for the current financial year but could not be implemented as it was not notified.
However a senior EPFO official, when contacted, said that the body has not yet received any notification or official order in this regard from the Labour Ministry.
According to him, the government could formally announce this entitlement in the forthcoming budget on Thursday.
—PTI

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