The Department of Education of Rajasthan has been handed over the list of as many as 151 martyrs on the basis of which government schools in Rajasthan will be named. During the question hour held on Friday in the assembly, the assurance was given when Higher Education Minister Kali Charan Saraf was questioned by Congress MLA Ghanshyam Mehar. As per the newspaper reports, it has been a long time since the local government schools were announced to be named after the martyrs by respective state government.
This can very well be compared with when in December 2015 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved a move to rename 122 colleges and schools in the federal capital after the students who were killed in the terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.
When the question was raised, Saraf was of the view that the list of 151 martyrs had been forwarded to the education department long back and there has been some delay in the naming of the schools. But as of now, the list is ready and the same has been discussed with school education minister Vasudev Devnani and are just waiting for the formalities to complete.
The Education Department of Rajasthan seems to be too lazy to work because as per the reports somewhere around 100 such cases are pending in the state. It has also came into the limelight that the families of several martyrs were not being provided the benefits assured to them. In this regard, Ghanshyam alleged, “The family of martyr Om Prakash Meena is yet waiting for the plot of land and cooking gas agency they were promised.” However, Minister Saraf noted that the ruling government has increased various allowances.
The Higher Education Minister was also asked if the state government was considering opening a Sainik School in Karauli. Even the Congress whip Govind Singh Dotasar demanded to know when the state government would open a Sainik school in Jhunjhunu as this had been promised during the Suraaj Sankalp Yatra. Replying on which, Kali Charan Saraf clarified that the same can only be done after prior approval from Centre.