Friday, September 29, 2017

7th Pay Commission is NOT EATING Jobs in Uttarakhand

Written by A bisht

Amar Ujala's yesterday's edition published a very biased opinion cum report. If the title and the matter of the said piece is summarized then it said: The decision to give 7th Pay Commission Pay Scale to the employees of 7 Uttarakhand State Undertakings will eat Thousands of New Jobs in the State.

In simple words, the report, opinion or whatever you want to call it, tried to portray a picture where the blame for the Government's inability to create new jobs is put on the Implementation of 7th Pay Commission.

This is a very biased view.

The enforcement of 7th pay commission and the creation of new jobs are two different things.You cannot say one ate the other.

A pay commission, which simply means increase in salary and other perks, in order to bring a balance between the cost of living and the wages, is a method used to bring a balance between over all price rise and living cost.

On contrary, New jobs are created in the economy because every service or product manufacturer/provider (The Government being one) needs to increase the manpower to meet increasing demand.

You cannot say new jobs will NOT be created because of pay increase, or vice-versa.

To conclude, it's often seen that the Pay increase of the Government and other public sector employees is thought as unnecessary. This view is wrong.

Irrespective of whether we work in the Government or Private sector, we must encourage the implementation of such Pay Commission recommendations. The reason is simple -- The Government in its role as an ideal employer pays the ideal wages to its employees. By looking at the Pay Commission recommendations even a person employed in Private sector can know what his/her ideal wage must be. In the absence of Pay Commission recommendations, a person employed in private sector can never know what his/her ideal remuneration should be. 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An IAS providing Free Medical Consultancy To The Poor may have Negative Effect

Written by A bisht

I do agree that too much nit-picking is bad. Particularly when an act broadly appears to be a benevolent one. But the nit-picking (in Hindi "Baal Ki Khaal nikalna") becomes reasonable, when it's done to bring to light the broader negative impact of the act.

A 2010 IAS Officer, Iqbal Ahmad, a trained doctor (MBBS), reported to be currently working as a district magistrate of the Champawat district, Uttarakhand, is taking an hour out daily from his busy schedule to provide Free Medical Consultancy To The Poor at a district hospital.

As said, on the face value such acts appear laudable, but a District Magistrate providing free medical consultancy to the poor does't have a broader positive impact on the Healthcare services provided by the State (Government). Such acts are praiseworthy, but to have better State run Healthcare services we need more funds, better infrastructure, better trained doctor-patient ratio, compliance etc. Rather than providing free medical assistance to the poor, the Administrative Officer, must be working on ensuring better infrastructure, compliance etc. 

That apart, such acts can discourage those (doctors, and other medical staff) who are directly responsible for ensuring the effective running of these services. For obvious reasons.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Assessing a Teacher on the marks scored by student is Wrong

Written by A bisht

A day before yesterday, the Minister of Primary Education Uttarakhand Government Arvind Pandey was seen reprimanding a lady teacher in front of her class, for not knowing a very basic principle of Mathematics. It later proved out to be the Minister's folly. He was either asking a wrong question or asking the teacher a question which seemed to be fundamentally wrong.

But the good that emerged out of the situation was that the teacher stood her ground; and pointed out to the discrepancy in what was written by the Minister on the chalk board.

That said, the conduct of the Minister was not very uncommon in our society. We as a society, usually treat our teachers (school and College Teachers) with disrespect. Our assessment of the teachers is based on the marks secured by the children they teach. This linking results in wrong assessment.

A teacher teaches 30 - 50 or 10 children of different mental caliber and learning potential. If we assume that every child who goes to school will score 80 percent, then we are thinking on the wrong line. That apart, the educational background of the guardian or the parents also decides the marks a student scores at school.

The habit of assessing a teacher on the marks the student gets at school, also means that the person starts equating Learning with the money spent on the child. If money can buy learning, caliber and education; then every rich person's child would have been educated.

If we want our children get quality education then we as a society must treat our teachers well. We must NOT assume that anyone (including guardian or parent) who is not a trained teacher can ever teach better than a trained teacher. You can be a scientist or a top level academic, but if you are not a teacher, then you can't teach even your 6 year old as competently as a school teacher. In simple words you as a person can have truck loads of educational degrees, you may also be making truck loads of money professionally; but that doesn't mean you can replace your ward's school teacher. If that would have been possible then there will be no schools in the World.

If you want your child to learn better and score better (based on her/his potential) then respect the child's teacher. Don't try to evaluate their (teacher's) knowledge. Tell the child to respect the teacher as well. Make it clear to the child that you are not capable of evaluating the teacher's teaching competence. As a parent, try to have a right assessment of your child. This will help you choose a better school, if you feel the necessity.

To conclude, if we want meritorious young men and women take teaching as a career, then the Uttarakhand Government must not employ teachers on contract. Instead, the conventional practice of employing permanent teachers must carry on. There's a suggestion for young men and women out there as well. If you don't like teaching as an activity, then don't become a teacher. A half-hearted effort is No effort.

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