Kapil Sibal on Improving service condition of Teachers

   

         HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today stressed the need for improving service condition of teachers to attract best minds into the profession and ensure quality education to students, as he also sought to expand the role and scope of National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE).

        "Shortage of quality faculty is a big problem today.

         We have to look into this at the national level and take initiative at the state level. Recruitment process should be transparent, quality assurance should be there and teachers' condition of service should be improved," he said.

         Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the 15th foundation day celebration of NCTE, he said, unless issues like extending insurance, housing and health schemes, promotion avenues and career advancement are looked into, people will continue to shy away from the teaching profession

Low cost housing for the serving and retired Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBOR)

       Army Welfare Housing Organization (AWHO) has taken up construction of low cost housing for the serving and retired Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBOR) and widows of deceased PBORs under the Jai Jawan Awas Yojna (JJAY). 

        Under the scheme, houses have been constructed in Jaipur and Pune with an expenditure of Rs. 12 Crores and Rs. 20 crores respectively and construction has been taken up at Allahabad with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 15 crores. Further, planning for construction of houses has been taken up at Belgaum (Karnataka) and Bhatinda (Punjab) with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 23 crores each; and at Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Dehradun (Uttarakhand) with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 16 crore each. 

     Presently, the rates of dwelling units under JJAY schemes range between Rs. 8 to 12 lakhs, approximately. All serving and retired PBORs and widows of deceased PBORs and eligible for JJAY schemes which are allotted by a draw of lots in case the demand is more than the availability. 

    This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Bhudeo Choudhary in Lok Sabha 
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