BENGALURU: BJP floor leader in the BBMP Council N R Ramesh kicked up a storm by stating that the BBMP has not claimed educational grants from the government for the past 27 years.
He was speaking at the BBMP council’s monthly meeting held here on Thursday.
Ramesh said that educational grants, amounting to Rs 485 crore, have not been claimed by the BBMP from 1988-89.
“This is a shame, considering the fact that students in BBMP schools and colleges have been made to suffer,” he added.
Currently, under the BBMP’s purview, there are 152 educational institutions, out of which, 89 are nursery schools, 13 primary schools, 33 high schools, 13 pre-university colleges and four degree colleges. There are 3,831 students in nursery schools, 1,698 in primary schools, 5,737 in high schools, 4,923 in pre-university colleges and 742 students at degree colleges. Of the total 16,931 students, 10,776 are girls and 6,155 are boys, he said.
Ramesh said that it is still not too late to get the money from the government.
“If this happens, it will serve a great purpose. It has also been calculated that even if the education cess, which has amounted to `50 crore in the last seven years when it was initiated, is paid back to the government, the local body will still be richer by `435 crore, which is big money,” he said.
Ramesh also alleged that educational institutions under the BBMP have more than the required number of teachers, due to which, several teachers are conducting a few classes but drawing their salaries, which is a loss to the local body.
“According to stipulations, there should be 353 teachers hired as permanent employees along with 200 teachers on contract basis in BBMP’s 152 educational institutions. However, 480 teachers have been hired on contract basis, due to which the BBMP is paying salary to 280 additional teachers,” stated Ramesh.
“Further, the rules laid down by the Department of Education state that each teacher must teach a minimum of 16 periods and a maximum of 20 a week. However, every teacher takes only six to eight periods a week, according to a recent study. If these extra teachers are removed, the BBMP can save at least `25 lakh a year,” Ramesh added.
Later, BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana assuaged Ramesh and said that he would get the pending money from the government.
“Right now, the midday meals and the Ksheera Bhagya scheme at all the BBMP schools are being taken care by the government. However, I will ensure that officials and members from the Palike’s education committee will hold a meeting with the government to help bring the educational grant,” he said.