JAMMU, Jan 9: The Govt had to face embarrassment on the issue of Dogri language in the Legislative Council when the BJP member from Jammu grilled the own party junior minister and pointed out that information provided by her was misleading and incorrect.
BJP member Ramesh Arora raised the questions that what steps have been taken by Govt to promote Dogri after its inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, the details of teachers appointed for the subject, the number of Dogri books printed by BOSE in last five years and provided to the students, class wise and year wise details.
Arora expressed dissatisfaction on the reply of the Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi, who is also from BJP and told the House that reply with regard to the distribution of books was misleading and incorrupt. He asked the chairman to take serious note of the issue. Some members from the opposition also stood up and pointed out the error and said when the number of books printed are less then how, they have shown more books distributed. And again, after distribution of books, where 3000 to 5000 books are lying balance why the Govt in reply has shown nil. What is the fate of remaining books ? He termed it as big scandal and sought detained inquiry into the matter. But after this, the minister failed to convince the member/ members in the House over the issue.
Earlier, in her reply, Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi claimed that the Government is committed to promote regional languages in the State adding that various steps have been taken in this regard. She said detailed instructions have been passed to the concerned for promotion of all six ‘mother languages’ of the state in the school curriculum.
The Minister further said that the Government has taken initiative for promotion and introduction of six ‘mother languages’ including Kashmiri, Dogri, Punjabi, Pahari, Gojri and Ladakhi at the Primary and Elementary level in the schools and syllabus for these subjects have been framed by JKBOSE.
She stated that the Dogri is being taught from class 1st to 10th in areas where it is widely spoken as mother tongue under additional/optional category adding that the Subject is available as an additional subject upto secondary level while in 11th and 12th classes it is being taught as an optional subject.
The Minister also informed that adequate number of proficient General Line Teachers have been provided in schools of Jammu division to teach Dogri as a language in the schools.
She said the department has already created 20 posts of lecturer in the discipline of Dogri for teaching the subject at Secondary level adding of these 9 are in position and 4 posts under direct quota stand referred to JKPSC for recruitment on fast-track basis under SRO:202. She said that the remaining 7 posts under promotion are in the process of being filled on officiating basis.
Sethi further informed the House that J&K BOSE has been entrusted with the responsibility of prescribing syllabi for all subjects including Dogri, taught in the schools affiliated to the board and the books are also printed and provided to the Schools by it.