The government is planning to constitute a permanent monitoring mechanism to ensure that CBSE schools in the State are complying with the prescribed salary and fee norms, Education Minister Abdu Rabb has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Rabb said the government did not have a mechanism to ensure that the salary paid to teachers and non-teaching staff was on a par with the Central scale of pay.

The new system would ensure that the managements complied with the salary and fee norms laid by the government,

The UDF government had given clearance for 328 CBSE schools.

The 797 CBSE schools functioning in the State have 31,237 teachers and 6,91,669 students. The government owed Rs.12,23,57,238 as arrears to schools for conducting the noon-meal scheme.

Land bank

Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash said the land bank formed by the government had 72,919.08 hectares. Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said there were 28 vacancies of judicial officers in the State.

This included the vacancies of five district judges, one sub-judge, and 22 munsiff magistrates. A proposal for setting up fast-track courts in three districts was pending at the High Court.

Subsidy via banks

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob said the scheme for providing State government subsidy for ration goods through banks would be implemented only after evolving a consensus with the stakeholders. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said a decision had been taken to ensure that subsidy worth Rs.700 crore a year was reaching the real beneficiaries itself.

Referring to the row over destroying rice at the FCI godown, Mr. Chandy said he got a detailed report on the incident. If it was not found to be satisfactory, he would urge the Centre to order a probe into it.

‘Only 9 cylinders’

The Cabinet decision to cap the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to a family a year at nine was made on the basis of the statistics provided by the oil companies.

Of the 70 lakh consumers in the State, 64 per cent of them were demanding only six cylinders. It cannot be increased to 12 a year as demanded by the Opposition, he said.