The education sector is the topmost priority of the state,
and widespread measures are in progress to improve the quality of education, Jammu
and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today said.
Mr Singh was present at the Girl School Dharmkote in Billawar
tehsil of Kathua district, for inaugurating additional classrooms and other
He said that the PDP-BJP government is working towards
improving education facilities in schools present in far-flung areas of the
state. The intention is to decentralize quality education and let students
receive quality education in places other than the district headquarters.
He also mentioned that programmes for starting evening
classes are also being worked out to increase the intake of existing
educational institutions, so that more students can gain exposure towards worthy education.
Referring to work being done in Kathua district, he
mentioned the augmentation of sports infrastructure at all schools, and also
building of an indoor stadium at Billawar.
The Chief Education Officer of Kathua, informed Mr Singh that
the district has been divided into 37 clusters to evaluate existing academic
standards, punctuality and teaching practices, and that regular supervision
shall be done to guage progress.
He reviewed the agricultural system of the state as well,
carrying out an extensive assessment of the procurement system. He commented on
improving it further to reduce the grievance redressal time for farmers.
He emphasized on the state economy's significant dependency
on agriculture, and the need to encourage people associated with it to keep
Dr Singh also interacted with the people, and referred to
the Kissan Mela in the state, which shall soon be organized to create awareness
among farmers pertaining to all welfare schemes launched by the
The PDD department has also been instructed to take care of electricity related problems, if any.
Also, Billawar and adjoining areas have already been
introduced on the tourism map, to help increase tourist footprint and
eventually increase socio-economic conditions of the district.