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‘Govt set to ensure right to food in capital’

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit claimed on Wednesday that with the launch of the Food Security Scheme, the city government would ensure right to food in the capital city. She appreciated the initiative of the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson in giving shape to a comprehensive food security plan, the largest in the world.      
 ‘The Food Security Scheme would benefit all vulnerable sections and nobody would remain hungry,’ she added.

Dikshit expressed these views at two functions organised to lay the foundation stone of a Government Boys Senior Secondary School at Shastri Nagar and the inauguration of a Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Inder Lok.
Union communication and law minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi education minister  Kiran Walia, MLA Rajesh Jain, secretary (education), director (education) and other senior officers were present on this occasion.

Speaking on this occasion, Dikshit stated that Delhi is known for its quality education in the country.
The government has strived hard to bring a sea change in school education. The results of Class X and XII CBSE exams are testimony to this, she said. Delhi, as well as many parts of the country, have been offering attractive employment opportunities.
The circle of brain-drain is witnessing reverse trend, said the Chief Minister
Dikshit stated that the biggest achievement of the government at the Centre had been the introduction of right to education. This has facilitated the city government to open more and more schools. Mere opening of schools and putting in place the modern infrastructure will not serve the purpose.
Hence, the government is also concentrating on the efficiency, expertise and capabilities of the teachers.

Union minister Kapil Sibal said that he was concerned about the decaying system of school education under the civic bodies. ‘During my tenure as Union HRD (human resources department) minister, I proposed to take over all MCD schools in order to turn them into modern and purposeful primary schools with excellent infrastructure. I was surprised to take note of response from the ruling party in MCD as they never wanted to empower children coming from poor and vulnerable sections of the society,’ he said.

Walia stated that the city government has identified 100 plots for commissioning new schools as it is committed to provide meaningful education to each and every child as envisaged in the Right to Education Act.
She stated that Shastri Nagar would now have a separate school for boys and the existing school will become exclusively for the girls.
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