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Reduction in number of SSC papers under study

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, DEC.13. The Government is reviewing whether the number of papers for the SSC examination could be reduced, the School Education Minister, N. Rajyalaxmi, informed the Assembly today.

She told Anam Vivekananda Reddy (Congress) and others during question hour that a school academic calendar for 2004-05 had been incorporated in the education policy and communicated to all District Educational Officers (DEOs) for implementation. Action would be taken against the schools that failed to follow it. No other State was implementing it and Andhra Pradesh was a role model, she claimed. Replying to supplementaries, she said that in view of a case pending in the Supreme Court the government could not recruit teachers and hence vidya volunteers were being appointed.

Tourist spots

The Tourism Minister, J. Geetha Reddy, informed Ch. Adi Narayana Reddy (Cong) that the Gandikota Fort and Mylavaram Reservoir had been identified as tourist spots.

The Centre had sanctioned funds for taking up major works under the Kurnool-Cuddapah Circuit this year. The Archaelogical Survey of India had already taken up works to conserve the fort and the AP Tourism had commissioned an 18-seater boat in the reservoir.

Facilities like tourist home and rest rooms would be completed at Mylavaram by March 2006.

A three-star hotel, wayside amenities and adventure tourism were proposed to be developed in Cuddapah district.

Goud charge denied

The Roads and Buildings Minister, J. Ramamohana Rao, refuted the charge levelled by T. Devender Goud (TDP) that the Union Roads, Transport and Highways Minister, T. R. Baalu, was diverting Central funds to Tamil Nadu for highway projects while adopting the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) system of involving private investors in Andhra Pradesh.

He said Mr. Baalu had assured to take up Rs. 1,750 crores worth highway works in the State during his recent visit and Rs. 870-crore works on National Highway 9 between Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

The State Government would soon grant administrative sanction.

Of the 270-km stretch, between Hyderabad and Vijayawada, 90 km was in various stages of completion.

The Social Welfare Minister, Redya Naik, told R. Ravinder Kumar (CPI) that the Government had asked 87 of the 252 departments to submit details of vacancies including those pending promotions, reserved for SCs and STs, by the month-end. Important departments like education and medical and health had not furnished these details yet. So far 165 departments had completed the task and they had 594 vacancies. The Government would fill vacancies and implement the rule of reservation in promotions, after getting these details.

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