Bhubaneswar:13/11/17; Scared of a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party, a whooping Rs 200 crore is being spent from the state exchequer to build a child-friendly image of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the BJP state unit alleged here today.
As per the official notification of the state government, Rs 20,000 is being spent in each of the 7, 885 panchayats to make the children and guardians view CM’s televised address during children’s day function on November 14. Similarly Rs 1.10 lakh is being spent in each of the 314 blocks. The function is also being observed with pomp and ceremony in district headquarters, urban local bodies and the state capital.
The huge expenditure of this nature to bolster Naveen’s image is a cruel joke given the fact that the primary and secondary education system is on the verge of breakdown in the state, said BJP state unit vice president Sameer Mohanty.
As many as 29,446 primary schools and 11,774 upper primary schools are running in a single-room infrastructure. 32,553 primary schools and 12,466 upper primary schools are functioning with single teacher for each class. To make the matter worse, 7% of schools are in operation with single teacher. In 66% primary schools, teacher-student ratio is more than the desired yardstick of 1: 30. AS many as 24,466 teachers’ posts are falling vacant across the state, he said.