Tough taskmaster CM puts cellphones on ‘silent mode’ in schools

In a major decision, service rules for fourth grade staff were also amended.

Jaipur: In a major and pragmatic decision, the Ashok Gehlot government had ordered the ban on use of mobile phones in the schools of the state. Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara called upon CM Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday and met the leader at CMR. During the meeting the CM gave his nod following which the Education department took out the order. Considering the bad effect of use of mobile phones on students, the government took the step.

According to the order, a blanket ban will be observed on use of mobile phones during assembly prayers, parent-teacher meetings and classrooms. Moreover, even the school staff will have to deposit their phones in Principal’s office or staff room before the morning assembly.

The phones could be used if necessary, however, in no case can they be used during teaching a class or during any curriculum related activity. Teacher and support staff will be able to use the phones only after Principal’s approval. Notably, the Education Minister also discussed the upcoming assembly by-election strategies with the CM.

Moreover, two important decisions were also taken by the Gehlot cabinet through circulation on Wednesday wherein the allotment of land to HPCL by UDH was provided approval. In its second major decision, the service rules for fourth grade employees were amended, which were then approved through circulation.

Interestingly, CM Gehlot has shot a letter to the Central government to provide approval to the Honour Killing and Mob Lynching Bill. The Bill that was recently passed by the Rajasthan Assembly is waiting for legal approval as without the Centre’s approval, the law will not come into effect in the state.

Furthermore, serious over the law and order situation in state, Gehlot brought a new approach to policing when he directed senior officials to identify top 25 criminals on district level and initiate efforts to nab them. ADG Crime BL Soni has thus directed all the range Inspector Generals and Superintendent of Police in dsitricts to start working on the list. Notably, the CM has also directed Soni to hold a review of the districts every week.

Chief Minister Gehlot expressed concerns over the state of economy saying companies are forced to cut down production and jobs yet the central government keeps trumpeting all is well.

Another negative news on economic front India is moved down 10 places in one year on global competitive index, mainly due to low skill development, lack of trade openness, worker rights’ protection and low participation of women in labour force, Gehlot tweeted.

Hope corrective measures are adopted, he said.

India has moved down 10 places to rank 68th on an annual global competitiveness index. India, which was ranked 58th in the annual Global Competitiveness Index compiled by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF), is among the worst-performing BRICS nations along with Brazil (ranked even lower than India at 71st this year).

Gehlot further tweeted, Such is the state of #economy that companies are forced to cut down production. It means dwindling profits, low sales and eventually job cuts. Yet, the government keeps trumpeting all is well #YeKaisaVikasHai. 

Congress candidate from Khinvsar Harendra Mirdha also called upon CM Gehlot and the duo held a long meeting over the political developments. It is reported that the CM could visit Khinvsar in the next few days to take stock of ground situation prior to elections. Meanwhile,  Forest Minister Sukhram Vishnoi also reached the CMR while during the day minister Lalchand Katariya, MLA Mahendra Choudhary, IAS Ajitabh Sharma and other officials met the CM for various official works.

The Chief Minister could visit Bharatpur on Thursday to attend a party function at Deeg. Newly-elected RCA President Vaibhav Gehlot could also attend the function.