Source: News Bharati English09 Apr 2016 16:36:01

New Delhi, April 9: Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on Thursday met Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in Nw Delhi and discussed various issues related to the poor education scenario of the state. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani assured to give full support to the state government’s endeavour for improving the education scenario in the state. Irani suggested to come up with more ideas and plans to bring improvement in the education sector and give more priority to adult education.Highlighting on poor infrastructure support for education, Pul informed that several government schools and colleges lack sufficient infrastructures and all-weather buildings. He said many of these buildings were constructed during the union territory days, which have outlived their lifespan and needed complete renovation.

Many schools and colleges do not come even close to having basic facilities such as proper toilet facilities, proper kitchen and dining facilities, a playground and a library with sufficient reading material, adequate classrooms, electrification, hostels and teachers’ quarters, he said. Funding was a big constraint in achieving the targeted plan for education sector as state has limited resource base, said the CM and appealed for a one-time special package.
On higher and technical education, the CM urged on establishment of institutions of national repute viz. AIIMS, lIT, IIM and Law School in the state. He also requested to make functional the state university at Pasighat, which could not take off owing to paucity of funds.

Apprising her on the delay in disbursement of two months’ salary for 9803 SSA functionaries in the state, he informed that for SSA salary, the state government has already released its state-matching share of Rs. 3310.92 lakhs for the current financial year.

Pul informed that the state government is now awaiting the release of centre’s matching share of Rs.7079.40 lakhs in addition to its earlier grant of Rs.181179.44 lakhs. The Minister assured Centre’s all support to the state government informing that PM Modi has accorded special consideration for Arunachal and all the North Eastern states.