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Omar stands up to speak on education sector as Altaf wins praises from treasury, opposition benches

Hakeem says restoration of education post unrest is the biggest contribution of Bukhari

Jammu, Jan 23 (KNS): Minister for Education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari is the only minister who found admirers both from the treasury and as well as opposition benches today during the debate on the motion of grants for education department and one of his biggest admirer surprisingly was leader of the opposition and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah who woke up and said " I did not speak on the budget and grants of any other department but choose to speak on education department in view of its importance in national building and future generations".
However Omar Abdullah also sought the attention of the education minister towards the falling literacy rates in Kashmir and performance of government schools in higher classes'.
Omar said " Budgam district lying in the close neighborhood of Srinagar city the summer capital of the stand is next to Ramban as far as ranking of the districts on highest illiteracy rates is concerned " and also regretted that even schools having good infrastructure have not improved their performance in recently declared results of higher classes.
Besides Omar all other members from both the opposition and treasury benches put up their demands for upgradations and new creation and extended their full support of the houses in improving the standards of education in the state. Most of the members from opposition laid emphasis on the upgradation of infrastructural facilities, better pay and perks for teachers and some overdue amendments in the transfer policy for teachers.
Chairman, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakim Muhammad Yasin said, “Altaf Bukhari did commendable job as R&B minister and was positive in taking forward the developmental works. We won’t forget the contribution of Altaf sahib in restoring the education system in Kashmir valley after six month long unrest in Kashmir in the year 2017.
Secretary Education Farooq Ahmed Shah and other officers down the line in hierarchy have supplemented the efforts Education Minister in addressing the challenges from time to time. His (Altaf) contribution is historic both as R&B and as well as Education Minister,” Yasin said.
Senior Congress leader and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori said "We don’t hesitate to accept that Altaf sahab did a commendable job in R&B department and he is doing good in education sector as well. We must appreciate him for his work. The officers including Secretary Education Farooq Ahmed Shah have worked like a team under the leadership of Altaf Bukhari". (KNS)


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