NEW DELHI, Nov 12: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that the Union Territory (UT) regimes of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will make up for the lapses of the past and give due priority to vital sectors which had somehow suffered from low priority or negligence under the previous regimes.
While interacting with a delegation of over 100 teachers representing different districts under the aegis of “All Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation” (AJKLTF) ,who called on him, Dr Jitendra Singh observed that while Article 370 blocked the growth of education and discouraged best faculty from outside, the alleged undue interference in the transfer and appointment of teachers had taken the toll of quality education.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the society owes it to the teacher community to make them comfortable because a teacher is entrusted with the responsibility of shaping the future of the next generation and thus also that of tomorrow’s India. In the new set up after Oct 31, he said, while the salaries and emoluments of government teachers had undergone a significant rise , the other allowances for health, house rent, children’s education etc. will also enable the teachers to concentrate on their work without distraction.
The new arrangement, said Dr Jitendra Singh, has suddenly liberated Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh from deprivations of the past and now it is time to avail the same opportunities and same avenues which the Modi government has made available to the people, particularly youth, in the rest of India. For this, he said, it is important not only to make the best use of the changed set – up but also to liberate our mind – sets from the slavish tendencies imposed by Article 370.
The teachers profusely thanked Dr Jitendra Singh for his patient hearing. They also put across some suggestions like adopting of a standard transfer policy and timely Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) promotions to various posts.