Opposing the foreign tour of legislators, the Janata Dal (Secular) on Friday urged the State government to provide grant-in-aid to all private primary, high schools and pre-university colleges that opened between 1987 and 95.

Addressing presspersons here, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly H.D. Kumaraswamy urged the government to defer the foreign tour of legislators and give priority to teachers’ demands.

The Speaker and Chairman of the Legislative Assembly and the Council, respectively, have to be urged to postpone the foreign trip of the legislators, he said. “I will appeal to all JD(S) legislators not to go abroad spending government money. You (legislators) should embark on the tour on your own money. Why do you (legislators) unnecessarily spend government money when the State is facing severe drought,” he asked. Members of several committees of the State legislature are slated to go on a foreign tour and the public have criticised the move.

The State legislature passed an Act in 2007 to provide grants to 3,452 educational institutions in the State. But aid was given to only 1,732 institutions. Teachers of unaided schools have staged several protests in the last six years seeking grant-in-aid. Instead of releasing the amount, the government set up an official committee to study the availability of infrastructure in private schools, he said. Teachers had submitted proposals to the government seeking aid on more than 15 occasions. But the proposal was gathering dust in the Finance Department, he alleged.

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