THE Uttar Pradesh government has decided to implement ‘Clean School – Green School’ scheme in 100 government-run intermediate colleges in the state, at an estimated expenditure of Rs 50 crore (Rs 50 lakh for each institute).
The proposal was cleared by the state Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow Tuesday. Under the scheme, the selected intermediate colleges will be turned into “model” units with greenery, clean drinking water facility along with the provision for smart classes. A 5kva solar power system will be installed at each such college, which would have LED lights and low power consumption fans.
For selection of colleges and implementation of the scheme, a committee headed by secondary education director would be constituted soon.
In another major decision, the cabinet approved to soon begin the recruitment of 35,000 police constables on merit basis, doing away with the earlier practice of written examination to tide over staff shortage.
The move assumes significance against the backdrop of the Allahabad High Court order in September restraining Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment Board from issuing appointment letters to more than 38,000 candidates who were declared successful in tests after several petitioners contended that there were lacunae in the results declared.
“There is a shortage of manpower in state police force, thus cabinet has cleared rules for appointment of 35,000 constables. The rules have been prepared and soon appointments would be made on the basis of marks of Class X and XII and physical test. Written examination will not be conducted,” Akhilesh said after the meeting.
According to media reports, the state government is taking special precautionary measures after an intercept shared by Intelligence Bureau and other agencies around mid-October with Uttar Pradesh Police had stated that terror groups were trying to activate sleeper cells in various cities to launch bomb attacks.
In another significant decision, the government has decided to invest Rs 7.15 crore for upgradation and maintenance of a government Inter college in Jhansi, which is a heritage building. The secondary education department has proposed to undertake work at the college with white sandstone.
Meanwhile, a proposal of Bareilly Municipal Corporation to construct modern slaughterhouse in Mohanpur Direiya area on public partnership model was also cleared by the cabinet with Mayra Frozen Agro Foods Private Limited being chosen as the developer. The government will provide 4.19 acre land on which the developer would have to establish the units with its own funds. On the other hand, developer would give Rs 2.50 crore annuity every year to the municipal corporation, which would be further increased by 10 per cent in every two year.
Cabinet also cleared the proposal for construction of multipupose hall at Ran Bahadur Degree College in Azamgarh with an investment of Rs 2.48 crore and four laning of about 28.95-km long road from Jalaun to Orai with the estimated expenditure of Rs 225.96 crore. The road would ensure smooth flow of traffic coming from Agra-Etawah-Kanpur to Mahoba in UP and Chattarpur and Sagar in Madhya Pradesh connecting Banda, Chitrakoot and Allahabad in state.