Karimnagar: Finance and Civil Supplies Minister, Etela Rajender expressed concern over public losing their confidence in hostels run by the Government. Parents were not showing interest in enrolling their children in state-owned hostels. Due to this majority of seats in different hostels across the State lie vacant, he said.
Rajender expressed concerns while inspecting hostels in Karimangar town on Monday. Poor facilities was the reason for students keeping away from the hostels, he made it clear that the Telangana Government would take steps to develop confidence among the public on Government-run hostels.
Stating that non-commercial contractors should be selected to supply essential commodities to hostels, he instructed the officials to register PD Act against contractors if anybody supplies sub-standard items by quoting less. He assured to conduct classes for hostel students from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm by appointing teachers for hostels.
He decided to visit hostels to get firsthand information about the facilities being provided in the hostels since there was no progress even if the State Government was spending on welfare schemes. Government was providing fine variety rice to students by spending Rs 500 crore.
The Government was spending Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,500 on each student per month. Up to seventh class, Rs 750 is being provided to each student and it was Rs 850 for below Xth class students.
The Minister visited integrated hostel, deaf and blind schools, Chinthakunta SC girl’s Gurukulam school, junior college, minority hostel, and Kashmirgadda SC girl’s hostel.
Interacting with the students, he enquired about the facilities being provided in the hostels and asked them to bring their problems to his notice.
Zilla Parishad chairperson Tula Uma, State cultural troops in-charge Rasamai Balkishan, local MLA Gangula Kamalakar, MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao were among those who visited hostels.