Thursday, December 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



Hand over govt schools to private parties

We have read the views of teachers and educationists on the subject of teachers on contract. It may be worthwhile to know the views of the people who had their education in government schools located in villages. We, the residents of villages in Amritsar district, are forwarding our views.

Ninety per cent of the regular government teachers do not come to schools on more than 50 per cent of the working days. Even when they are present, they do not take classes on almost 70 per cent occasions.

They do not appear to be interested in teaching. As a matter of fact, it appears to be their last priority. Government teachers have other occupations and this job, which gives them Rs 15,000 or so per month, has become their side-business.

They arrange mass copying and encourage all types of illegitimate practices so that the result of the school, which directly affects them, is not bad. A number of government teachers have sub-let their jobs. They employ girls and boys on a monthly salary of Rs 1,500 or so to take classes on their behalf and they themselves do some other business.

Most teachers posted in villages reside in towns and cities in the interest of the education of their own children. They look down upon village students and their attitude towards rural students is anything but positive. On occasions they create a fear in the minds of students by resorting to beating etc. This type of hate and neglect has its adverse effects and the number of school dropouts is increasing with every passing year. The dropouts find easy shelter in drugs and liquor.


All government schools in the rural areas should be leased out to private parties. Even by paying almost 25 per cent of the salary that the government pays to its teachers, they get better output. This notion created by the teachers that by paying handsome salaries, the output would be better has proved to be a fallacy.

The existing teachers, who are only a liability on the government exchequer, should be compulsorily retired simply because even by spending so heavily, the output is virtually nil.

Let the salaries be decided by the market forces, as is the case in industry. They must sweat it out to earn and should not get salaries from the government while running their own coaching centres or doing other businesses.

Ram Pal (Mahal), Gurbhej Singh (Shahura) & others, Amritsar

Poor water supply

Though the residents of Mohalla Bathan in Faridkot have been paying their water bills regularly, tap water has been eluding their houses for more than eight months. They are compelled to consume underground water which is hard and harmful to their health. Representations to the P.W.D. (Public Health) have proved futile.

Residents of Mohalla Bathan, Faridkot

Hospital sewer

A sewer of Mai Bhago Hospital, Abohar Road, Muktsar, connected illegally with the ”barsati nala” has been overflowing for the last three months. Standing water emits foul smell. Big potholes have appeared on the road, causing hardship to the residents. Requests for remedial action to the XEN, Public Health, the EO of the municipality, the SDM and the Deputy Commissioner of Muktsar bore no fruits.

M.L. Arora, Muktsar 


Credit to farmers

Apropos the news item “Private banks eye rural market” (Dec 4), the bankers have to follow certain rules and guidelines while extending credit facilities to farmers for meeting their agricultural and other credit requirements. And the current rules and guidelines do not permit a liberal credit flow to farmers despite the recent changes in the banking sector and launch of Kisan Credit Cards by the government banks.

For example, a farmer owning 5-6 acres of irrigated agricultural land is eligible to get a Kisan Credit Card of up to Rs 1 lakh whereas the commission agent/private moneylender is ever ready to advance him even up to Rs 2 lakh and the farmer is also ready to pay him interest @ 24 to 30 per cent as against the bank’s rate of 12 per cent per annum.

The commission agents/private moneylenders are not governed by any acts or guidelines whereas the bankers are. Therefore, the government and NABARD must change the rules to help farmers get liberal financial assistance from the commercial, regional and cooperative banks operating in their area.

Dwarka Dass, Makrauna Kalan (Ropar)


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