Govt schools to be adequately staffed
Chandigarh: All government schools in Punjab will be fully equipped with requisite staff and infrastructure in science,information technology and commerce streams this year,Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said on Tuesday. In a statement issued from Goa,where he is attending the SADs two-day chintan shivir,Maluka further said the state will provide free computer tablets to all 1.5 lakh students of Class XII in government schools at a cost of Rs110 crore. He added that the Satellite Based Education (EDUSAT) launched in 1,600 schools will noe eb extended to all high and senior secondary schools in the state.
High Court bans child labour
Chandigarh: To protect children from being forced into child labour,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday banned the employment of children below 14 years for any sort of work. In effect,those who violate the order will be booked on charges of unlawful compulsory labour under Section 374 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The court also directed Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to set up child protection commissions with the help of a committee to be headed by a retired High Court Judge. The directions were passed on a bunch of petitions concerning issues of protection of child rights.
Lakhowal inaugurate roads worth Rs 168 cr
MOGA: All preparations for wheat procurement this season are complete,Ajmer Singh Lakhowal,the chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board,said on Tuesday. In Ghal Kalan to inaugurate 9 road projects – that have been built at a cost of Rs 168.16 crore – Lakhowal said the board was expecting more than 135 lakh metric tonnes of wheat as compared to 130 lakh metric tonnes last year,for which,around 1,788 procurement centres have been opened. He also blamed the central government for the callous approach in picking up grains lying in godowns from last year.