ANDHRA PRADESH

ITDA asked to pay more attention to education

UTNOOR (ADILABAD DT.), OCT. 7. The Adilabad district in-charge and Social Welfare Minister, D. S. Redya Naik, on Thursday advised the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Utnoor, to spend more funds on promoting education.

Chairing the governing council meeting of the ITDA, the Minister said the Social Welfare Department had spent over 80 per cent of its allocated budget on education. He was expressing his concern during the discussion on tribal education.

On being informed that governing council meetings were not held at regular intervals of 90 days, Mr. Naik ordered that the meetings be held once in every three months. He also asked ITDA officials to supply agenda copies in advance to the council members like the Zilla Parishad and Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency members.

Officials pulled up

The Minister got annoyed when ITDA officials related to education wing faltered in giving straight replies to questions raised by members. "Yemi chestuvuntaru meeru. Chakkaga jawabu iyyandi" (What do you keep doing. Give straight answers), he admonished them.

On the issue of vacant teacher posts, Mr. Naik asked the Project Officer, V. Sheshadri, to fill up all vacancies soon. He also asked him to relieve a transferred teacher only after a suitable replacement has been made. Regarding shifting of Girijana Vidya Vikas Kendra schools frequently from the tribal villages, Mr. Sheshadri said, the school had to be shifted to other villages after the number of students dwindled at respective villages.