Karimnagar: Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender expressed concern over the public losing confidence in government-run hostels as parents shied away from admitting their children in the facilities.
Inspecting hostels in Karimnagar on Monday, the Minister said most hostels across Telangana were vacant. Poor facilities were the main reason for this and he said the State government will take steps to instill confidence among the public on government hostels.
Rajender said non-commercial contractors should be selected to supply essential commodities to hostels, and instructed officials to register PD Act against contractors if they supply sub-standard items by charging less. He assured that the government will appoint teachers for hostels to conduct classes from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
The Minister decided to visit the hostels to get firsthand information about the facilities provided. The decision comes after he learnt that there were hardly any takers for the facility despite the State government spending huge amounts on welfare schemes – it provides fine variety rice to students for which it spends Rs 500 crore.
Every month, the government spends Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,500 on each student. It spends Rs 750 on each student till class VII and Rs 850 on those below class X.
He visited integrated hostels, deaf and blind schools, Chinthakunta SC Girl Gurukulam School, junior college, SC Girls Hostel of Women’s College, minority hostel and Kashmirgadda SC Girls Hostel. He interacted with the students and enquired about the facilities at the hostels. He also told them to bring their problems to his notice.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tula Uma, State Cultural Troops In-charge Rasamai Balkishan, local MLA Gangula Kamalakar and MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao were among those who accompanied Rajender to the hostels.