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Every student should have bank account: Rio

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio planting a sapling at the newly inaugurated PHC Jotsoma. (NP)
Correspondent JOTSOMA, AUG 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Aug. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio Friday said there was a need for every high school and college students to have their own bank account to inculcate banking culture.
Rio said there were 43121 high school and college students studying in and outside the state who should have their separate bank accounts so that they could withdraw their scholarships from their respective accounts in their places of study. Similarly, parents could also send money to their children studying outside by depositing money in their accounts, he said addressing a gathering at Jotsoma village ground soon after inaugurating the newly constructed PHC Jotsoma and the newly upgraded Government Middle School and its building.
The chief minister reiterated the need for more community participation and support in maintaining schools and health centres and pointed out that communitization was initiated so that everyone would have a sense of ownership. He stressed on the need to focus on good foundation and quality education to avoid the problem of school dropouts.
Citing the case of school education department where many fake certificates and documents were detected, he stressed the important role the VEC could play and added that they should know which teacher was qualified, bogus or proxy. “If we dodn’t correct this problem we will loose,” he said.
Reminding about out the Right to Education Act, 2009 which came into effect from April 1, Rio said that free education and also scholarship was being provided to students from backward areas and reminded that everyone should avail free and compulsory education as per the act.
Various programmes such as SSA and RMSA have been launched under the Right to Education Act and so far, nine government high schools have been upgraded to higher secondary levels, 72 GMS to GHS and 65 GPS to GMS while there were more plans of such upgradation in the near future. Moreover, 11 model schools with 11 girls’ hostels in educationally backward blocks have been started.
In health sector, Rio revealed that the state has a shortage of 472 doctors out of which, 112 doctors have been appointed under NRHM but there was still a shortage of 362 doctors.
Admitting that a lot has to be done to solve the problem of shortage of doctors and nurses, Rio revealed that a nursing college in Dimapur was in the offing while medical college would be opened in a couple of years.
However, all such developmental works required peaceful environment and also stable government, he said and urged the people to continue to extend their support in providing a peaceful atmosphere and unity in order to carry out developmental works. The chief minister appreciated the joint efforts of the Naga leaders irrespective of underground or over ground for the prevailing peaceful situation in the state.
In the past, the state government and public could not work too close together due to which government was less aware of people’s needs, he said. Rio, however, said there was a scope for progress and development now and that the government was carrying out developmental works in all corners of the state. He also stressed the need for judicious utilization of funds.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated the newly constructed eight-bedded including emergency and OT bed Primary Health Centre by unveiling the plaque and also planted a Banyan tree sapling. Later, he proceeded to the newly upgraded Government High School and unveiled a monolith in the presence of hosts of other cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and senior government officials.
NLA speaker and local MLA, Kiyaneilie Peseyie who was the guest of honour lauded the DAN government and said the coalition government had brought much development in the area since it came to power. He recollected that there was only a health unit prior to 2003. he said that the inauguration of a Primary Health Centre and upgradation of GMS to Government High School was a sign of good governance under able leaders and legislators.
Peseyie also urged the people not be too dependent on government grants and subsidies but also contribute to the development of the village.
On the occasion, both the chairman of the Village Education Committee and Village Health Committee also presented the building construction reports of the construction of the PHC and GHS school building.

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