Uttarakhand Government proposes ammendment in education session

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Dehra Dun, Nov 7 (UNI) Uttarakhand government today decided to ammend the session of middle and basic education from April 1 to March 31 from the existing April 30 to March 31.

The state Chief Secretary S K Das, briefing the media after the cabinet meeting here, said the ammendment was made to coincide with the CBSE pattern that has been implemented in the state. He said education regulation would be made at par for both government and government-aided schools.

The decision to increase the Value Added Tax on cooked food from existing four per cent to 12.5 per cent as per the recommendation of VAT Empowered Committee was also taken at the meeting, Mr Das said.

The increase would not effect hotels and restaurants with yearly turnover of less than Rs five lakh, he added.

The state government also proposed to introduce the Summary Scheme to look into the pending cases of Trade Tax of year 2004-05 and 2005-06. In all, 29,692 cases of year 2004-05 and 32,121 cases for the year 2005-06 were pending. Mr Das maintained that the Scheme would help in resolving cases in time without any revenue loss.

Apprising about the decision made for Sanskrit education, Mr Das said revision in the salary structure of teachers in Sanskrit Schools was also proposed by the government.

Now, Sanskrit teachers would receive salaries at par to their counterparts in other general schools. They would also be provided with all facilities given to other teachers.

The move would benefit 350 teachers of 59 government-aided Sanskrit Schools, Mr Das said.

The decision to enroll 13 Assistant Engineers and 258 Junior Engineers, on contract, to meet the shortcomings in Public Works Department in the state was also taken at the meeting, Mr Das apprised.


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