Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 11
Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal has opposed the proposal to hand over government school buildings and dispensaries to private agencies for running them on public-private partnership (PPP) model.
In a letter to UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, Bansal said the PPP was intended to use private goods for public good and not public goods for private good. “Whatever the terms and conditions of bringing in private agencies for running schools and dispensaries be today, there will always be a tendency on the part of private parties to abuse the same, once firmly saddled,” he added.
Bansal said health and education were the two most primary responsibilities of the state and it should not abdicate its responsibility. “The need today is to strengthen the health and educational infrastructure, fill the vacancies on regular basis and not use teachers for any non-academic work,” he added.
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The former MP also supported the demand for additional FAR for construction on the open courtyards on the first floor of SCOs and booths. Keeping in view the needs today, the courtyards were no longer being used for dumping waste material and had to be used optimally, he added.
Dr Sidhu addresses raipur khurd residents
Chandigarh: Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a Congress ticket aspirant for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, addressed a public meeting at Raipur Khurd village here. She also spoke to residents of the village and assured them of taking care of their development issues once the Congress came to power. Raman Sidana and Harjeet Singh, party workers from the area, had organised the meeting. TNS