A comprehensive plan had been prepared for the overall development of the district, Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer said here on Thursday.

This would include short- and long-term plans aimed at improving human development indicators and developing infrastructure.

He was delivering a special lecture on ‘Plans for development of Bidar’ at the joint meeting of Rotary clubs of Bidar and the Inner Wheel Club.

“To start with, a human development index report for the district is being prepared. When completed, Bidar will be the fifth district in the State to have its own HDI index. It will provide the basic data on where we are lacking,” he said. Bidar was 23rd on the list of districts ranked according to HDI in 2001, he said.

Education

On the list of districts ranked according to pass percentages in SSLC and PU, Bidar was consistently at the bottom. “Low quality of education leads to incompetent people getting into government departments, affecting service delivery mechanisms. Providing quality education is the only way to get out of the vicious circle of backwardness,” he said.

“We have drawn short- and long-term plans for this. The short-term plan includes ensuring malpractice-free examinations at SSLC and PU levels, special lectures by guest teachers in government schools, conducting mock tests and creating awareness among parents. Guest teachers have been appointed and the zilla panchayat has released Rs. 25 lakh for their salary. A permanent centre for aptitude testing and career counselling can be set up with the cooperation of private education institutions in Bidar,” he said.

Drinking water

He said that 290 of the 310 water supply works in rural areas had been completed. The rest would be completed before the onset of summer. Work on the project to bring water from the Karanja dam to the city was on.

“The government has offered to provide land to the public sector aviation major HAL to set up a helicopter unit in the district. Plans to set up a small-scale industries park have also been forwarded to the State government,” he said.

All clearances to expand the Solapur–Machilipatnam national highway had been approved and work would start soon, Dr. Jaffer said.

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