The State government has decided to revisit the bicycle distribution scheme launched by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government following complaints of poor quality of cycles distributed to students.

“The quality of bicycles has been so bad that they are mostly found in repair shops. It is better not to distribute such poor-quality bicycles,” Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar told presspersons here on Wednesday.

Nearly Rs. 200 crore was spent on free distribution of bicycles for high school students, the Minister said.

He said there are 14,000 vacancies of teachers across the State. The Chief Minister had orally agreed to recruit 12,000 lecturers on temporary basis. Local Education Department authorities have been told to commence recruitment. Teachers will be paid Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 7,000 per month subject to experience and other factors, he said.

Retirement

To ensure attendance of teachers throughout the academic year, the government has decided that teachers will retire at the end of the academic year and not in the middle, if they turn 60 years.

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