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What a joke! J&K ranks No. 2 in Education, Environment Sectors
11/21/2017 10:54:44 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Nov 21: It's surprising despite Jammu and Kashmir lagging far behind in Education and Environment sectors, the state has been ranked as 2nd in both these sectors in the latest India Today annual 'State of the States' ranking survey.
Apparently it seems that India Today's survey is based on the figures provided by the sources which are close to people in power as the ground situation contradicts the survey report.
It's an established fact that toilets, drinking water, laboratory, library and play fields are basic necessities of any educational institution. Thousands of Government schools in J&K are without these facilities thus puncturing the tall claims of PDP-BJP coalition government about turnaround in the education sector.
As per the figures which were released by School Education Department earlier this year a total of 32,554 schools are without basic facilities like toilets, drinking water, own building, compound walling, laboratory, library and play ground etc, which otherwise are of immense importance for the benefit of the students.
A total of 232 schools-228 in Jammu and 4 in Kashmir don't have toilet facility while as 2817 schools-2509 in Jammu and 308 in Kashmir are lacking drinking water facility. Similarly, a total of 3427 schools-1052 in Jammu and 2375 in Kashmir are without own buildings. Moreover, 11562 schools-7835 in Jammu and 3727 in Kashmir are without compound walling.
The figures state that 470 schools-272 in Jammu and 198 in Kashmir don't have laboratories while as 2014 schools-762 in Jammu and 1252 in Kashmir are without libraries. Similarly, 12032 schools-5005 in Jammu and 7027 in Kashmir are without play grounds.
On the other hand huge number of schools are even without principals and subject teachers thereby putting a huge question mark on providing quality education to the pupils.
Official figures reveal that 245 schools-105 in Jammu and 140 in Kashmir don't have Principal/ Head-master. Similarly, 2754 schools-1257 in Jammu and 1497 in Kashmir are without subject teachers.
These figures clearly contradict the survey conducted by the "National magazine.” "It's really surprising that surveyors have ignored these facts and put J&K at No. 2 position in the survey," said an analyst.
Another sector in which Jammu and Kashmir has bagged the second position is environment. "Deforestation, glaciers, lakes and major rivers are facing an extinction threat in Jammu and Kashmir despite that J&K has been ranked as no. 2 state in the survey" said an expert.
A politician said that River Tawi in Jammu region is getting polluted day in and out. The sewerage of the colonies at the banks of River Tawi flows directly into River Tawi which is the lifeline of Jammu region. "When BJP was in opposition it had promised the people of Jammu that once the party comes into power all possible steps would be taken to prevent River Tawi from getting polluted. BJP has been in power for the past three years nothing has been done to save river Tawi till date. All the promises have remained confined to papers only," he added.
"The increasing number of garbage dumps in Jammu region mock at the claims of clean and green Jammu. There are no proper waste disposal plants at the place. This poses a grave threat to the environment," the politician said.
He alleged that growing deforestation in Jammu and Kashmir regions is emerging as a biggest threat for the environment.
An expert said, "During the past few years the ecological balance has been disturbed. It has led to deterioration of air quality and weather in J&K turning unpredictable."
He said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on many occasions has expressed dismay over the pathetic condition of the Dal lake in Srinagar as its area is shrinking at a fast pace. On the other hand Thajwas glacier in Sonamarg is becoming smaller with each passing day. This has led to many natural water springs drying off in central Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had to intervene to prevent the Thajwas glacier as it passed a ruling banning the vehicular movement in the area.
A Kashmir watcher said that Education and Environment sectors in Jammu and Kashmir are a major cause of concern despite that J&K has been ranked No. 2 in the India Today survey. "The only reason for these two sectors bagging the second rank in the survey is that these portfolios are held by the influential ministers and they can use their influence anywhere," he added.
Its in place to mention here that in the latest National magazine annual 'State of the States' ranking J&K has achieved 2nd ranking in two key areas including Education and Environment.
Launched in 2003, this annual exercise by India Today is based on objective data sourced from government and other sources to gauge the performance of Indian states across various parameters such as economy, health, agriculture, education and infrastructure.
The survey has claimed that J&K has achieved significant milestones in implementation of various developmental initiatives, Jammu and Kashmir has marked positive performance in this comparative study and has received "accolades and recognition" in various fields including education, environment & cleanliness, inclusive development besides cutting into top 10 states in health, law & order, economy and infrastructure.
The survey states that J&K also received top accolades for marking huge improvement in environment and cleanliness in the large states category between 2010-11 and 15-16.
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