Shimla (Himachal Pradesh): Himachal Government would spend 17 percent of its annual budget for quality improvement and building of educational infrastructure during current financial year. This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh, after he laid the foundation stone of new directorate complex of Elementary Education, estimated to cost Rs. 2.69 crore and inauguration of new building of Higher Education Directorate, completed at a cost of Rs. 1.18 crore here today.
Dhumal said that the State would be spending ever highest Rs, 2,567 crore budget over educational activities during current financial year to create best of academic atmosphere in educational institutions in the State while Rs. 2,131 crore had been spent over similar activities during preceding year. He underlined the need for revival of the school inspection system to bring about quality in the education. He said that senior officers of the department needed to carry random surprise inspection of educational institutions to ensure that students were acquiring best education.
He said that the State would be introducing nine point ‘Environment Protection Code’ to take pledge in the morning prayers in all educational institutions, with a view to motivate students to be eco-friendly so that it could become a habit to refrain from anti-environmental activities and inspire others to follow them. He said that global warming and climate change were emerging biggest challenges endangering existence of all living beings and exhorted people to adopt zero tolerance attitude towards anti-environment activities.
He said that architects had also been directed to design solar passive government buildings with provision of way-in of natural light which would enhance the efficiency of the workers. He said that e-governance had brought efficiency in the functioning and reduced paper work which contributes towards environment protection.
Chief Minister directed the authorities to complete construction work in a time bound frame which would result in saving time and money. He said that the elementary directorate building also needed to be completed in less than 18 months period.