No allocation for youth's betterment in budget
Lahore, June 07: No measure has been adopted for betterment of the youth in the budget 2012-13 and it is disappointing for them while there is a need to provide them with cheap and quality education and employment opportunities.
These views were expressed by the students of different universities and an economist in Jang Economic Session on 'Budget 2012-13, what youth get' here on Wednesday.
The participants were Economist Dr Faheem-ul-Islam, students Noor Azhar, Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Jafri, Mher-ul-Nisa. The event was hosted by Sikindar Hameed Lodhi and Intikhab Tariq.
Dr Faheem-ul-Islam said generation of employment opportunities for the youth was crucial and 2.5 million new jobs' creation was required every year. He said unemployment always affected the youth while various universities were doing fraud with students. He said these universities were paying up to Rs 2 million salaries to vice chancellors out of students' fee and their scholarships. He said agriculture sector's share in GDP was 22 per cent while wastage in this sector was almost 30 per cent. He said no measure was announced for the youth in budget which would increase their problems. He forecasted troubles for Indian and Bangladeshi economies in the coming year. He said brain was returning in Pakistan while brain drain from Pakistan continued which could not be criticised as workers' remittances were supporting the balance of payments.
Noor Azhar said the government ignored energy crisis in the budget and no step was taken for alternative energy development. He said steps should be taken to improve public transport.
Ahmed Khan said that petroleum products prices were raised by the government before budget and were slightly brought down after budget to control public anger. He said the government increased public servants' salaries by 20 per cent but no step was taken to control inflation. He said energy crisis solution and cheap education could be ensured by reducing defence and VVIP protocol expenses.
Muhammad Jafri said the youth was facing issues of unemployment and quality education while limited resources were allocated for education sector.
He said 30 per cent labour force was unemployed in the country and announcement of 100,000 jobs' creation in budget was very little.
Mher-ul-Nisa said no package was announced in budget 2012-13. She said government could reduce educated youth's problems by announcing allowance for them. She said the government should focus the agriculture and industry for generation of employment opportunities. The news
Laptop brigade to fight dengue
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed to constitute an anti-dengue brigade comprising 125,000 students who have recently been given laptops.
He said these students would spread necessary information obtained through their laptops about dengue among the people.
The chief minister said this while addressing a meeting held to review arrangements for protection from dengue in his camp office at Minar-i-Pakistan.
He said that dengue awareness programmes should be launched in educational institutions where students should attend them voluntarily.
Mr Shahbaz said the Punjab Blood Line should be further activated keeping in view its importance and the youth should be motivated to get themselves registered with it so as to provide fresh and healthy blood to patients.
He said the provincial government was fully prepared to cope with any possible outbreak of dengue.
All provincial departments, he said, would work jointly to fight dengue and no effort would be spared for protecting people from dengue by utilizing the experience and expertise gained during the last epidemic.
He said the training should be imparted to students during summer vacations in public and private schools and colleges for controlling dengue effectively.
He said that at least one teacher in all schools and colleges should have complete information and awareness about dengue.
The chief minister said that questions about dengue should be included in examination papers to increase public awareness
about this health issue.
He directed that the cleanliness work of sewer lines and drains be completed before monsoon for the convenience of citizens.
The secretary food informed the meeting that the Punjab Food Authority was being set up from July 1 which would play an important role in the provision of food according to hygienic principles in the province.
The Auqaf secretary said besides creating awareness about polio and dengue, the people were also motivated through mosques being run by the Auqaf department to remain peaceful. Dawn
Chief Minister approves promotion policy for teachers
Peshawar: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti on Wednesday approved the upgrading and promotion policy for teachers that would take effect from July 1.
He made the announcement at the Teachers' Convention held here at the Chief Minister's House.
A handout said more than 112,000 teachers across the province would benefit from the policy with total financial implication of Rs1115.019 million.
Under the policy, primary school teachers would be upgraded to BPS-12, Certified Teacher (CT), Arabic Teacher, Theology Teacher (TT), Drawing Master and Physical Education Teacher to BPS-15 and Qari to BPS-12. The basic scale for subject specialist would be BPS-17 with chances of promotion to BPS-20.
The chief minister said the government had honoured the promise made to the teachers as it was committed to promoting education in the province.
The chief minister said the government had decided to spend four percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education in order to increase the number of academic institutions.
He said that Stori Da Pakhtunkhwa programme had been introduced to give scholarships amounting to Rs10,000 and Rs15,000 to talented students. He added that financial relief was also being offered to the poor students enrolled at private schools in those areas where there was no government school.
Haider Hoti said that initially 100 schools had been selected and the number would be raised to 400 by next year. He added that conditional grants would be offered to schools in Dera Ismail Khan and Buner districts on the basis of performance. He said basic needs and facilities would be provided to schools through Parent-Teacher Councils.
The chief minister said seven new universities were established in the province over the last four years and termed it a remarkable achievement of the ANP-led provincial government.
According to the policy, primary school teachers would be upgraded from existing posts to BPS-12 while one PST post in each primary school is to be upgraded to BPS-15 after being re-designated as Primary School Head Teacher (PSHT). This post would be filled through promotion from PST on merit with due regard to seniority subject to the condition of the minimum qualifications required for the post of PST as per service rules.
The middle and high school teacher ICTs from existing post will be upgraded to BPS-15. Besides, one third of the total posts would be upgraded to BPS-16.
All the existing Arabic teachers from the existing posts have been upgraded to BPS-15, plus one third of the total posts to be upgraded to BPS-16.
All the existing TTS posts are to be upgraded to BPS-15, along with one third of the total to BPS-16.
The existing posts of Drawing Masters from the existing posts have been upgraded to BPS-15. Besides, one third of the total posts are to be upgraded to BPS-16.
The existing PET posts have been upgraded to BPS-15, including one-third of the total posts to BPS-16.
All existing posts of Qari and Qaria have been upgraded to BPS-12, along with one third of the total posts to be upgraded to BPS-15. Appointment of teachers of entire cadres along with primary teachers will be carried out under the upgraded scales.
Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak, president of the Malgari Ustazan, a teachers' body affiliated with the ruling Awami National Party (ANP), and chairman of the consultative council Islamuddin also addressed the gathering. The news