Navin calls for innovative measures to improve JK’s educational standards

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JAMMU: Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary on Tuesday held extensive deliberations on pre-budget proposals of School Education, Youth Services & Sports, Technical Education, General Administration, Information Technology, Planning, Development& Monitoring, Hospitality & Protocol, Estates and Ladakh Affairs Departments for the next financial year.
Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring, Rohit Kansal, Commissioner/Secretary GAD, Hilal Ahmed Parrey, Secretary SchoolEducation, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Secretary IT, Saugat Biswas, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Ladakh Affairs, Reva Kumari along with the teams of officers of the respective departments attended the meetings.
Officers from Finance Department including, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmed Wani, Directors Expenditures, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Parvez Ahmed Kakroo, Joint Director Budget, Raman Kumar Gupta and others attended the meetings.
Marathon discussions were held on the functioning of the said departments
and their budget proposals for the fiscal 2019-20. The concerned administrative
secretaries put forth the budget proposals and their viewpoint on the
future action plans to run the affairs of their respective departments. They
also briefed the Principal Secretary Finance on the status of various ongoing
projects, achievements, targets and future initiatives for strengthening the
infrastructure and other facilities.
Principal Secretary called upon the heads of departments for taking necessary
austerity steps to curtail the unfruitful expenditure under various heads
and merging various components under one head. He called upon the officers
to formulate perspective and cost effective DPRs for the development of the
State. He urged for doing away with the practice of creating liabilities on various
counts and asked for seeking prior concurrence of the Finance Department
where there is urgent need for undertaking such projects/schemes.
While discussing the proposals of the School Education, Youth Services &
Sports and Technical Education, the Principal Secretary urged for developing
necessary infrastructure and other basic facilities for the students in all
schools across the State to ensure better educational environment. He called
for evolving innovative mechanism to improve education standards and raising
the literacy rate in the State. He also directed for proper upkeep and protection
of assets, premises and toilet units in the educational institutions from
the available resources.
To give impetus to the sports activities in the educational institutions,
Navin called upon the Secretary Youth Services & Sports to submit a comprehensive
proposal at the earliest for creating massive sports infrastructure so
that maximum students are involved in different sports activities. He directed
for identification of land available with various educational institutions, including
schools, colleges and universities in consultation with the heads of institutions
for which the government will ensure necessary funding to develop
sports infrastructure. He also called for time bound completion of all on-going
sports and other projects so that they are put to use at the earliest.
He further urged the Director General Youth Services and Sports and
Directors School Education to organise frequent study tours of students to
various prominent institutions across the country to provide them ample opportunities
to interact with their counterparts in other States and study the
environment to gather knowledge on career and educational requirements.