Saturday, June 21, 2008

Time to accept efficient Private Firm and inefficient Government schools by Chandra

The Chandigarh UT had announced to outsource education department housekeeping works to private sector. At least the time has come in north to outsource inefficient government departments works to efficient private sector.

I have pasted the whole news below.

Private firm to keep govt schools clean
Education Dept Outsources Housekeeping Work

Chandigarh: In order to overcome the problem of filthy toilets, dirty corridors, unclean classrooms, dangling electrical wires and overgrown gardens, the UT education department has handed over its housekeeping department into private hands. The oneyear-contract has been given to Sunrise Facilitators, which starts work on June 23, which is Monday. The general scope of the work would include cleaning and maintenance of building works, public health, gardening, electrical work and open spaces, said DPI(S) SK Setia. The contract would include all model and non-model schools of the city, he added. The pri vate company would be required to clean and maintain buildings with the latest mechanical and manual equipment as per the schedule prescribed. Gardening would include development and maintenance of grassland, lawns, regular cutting of grass, doing landscape, and regular cutting and keeping gardens clean and properly maintained. ‘‘The students’ health is of prime importance to us. So we’ve asked the agency to provide anti-mosquito treatment along with regular anti-termite control, rodent control and general pest control,’’ a DPI(S) official told TOI. The official added toilet blocks and urinals would need regular attendants so that cleanliness and hygiene could be maintained. ‘‘We will provide cleaning machines for quality services to the government schools ,’’ said the contractor, Gurdeep. ‘‘As the quotation given by the department is quite less, we would provide one full-time sweeper in small schools and two for the big schools . Apart from that, we’ll be giving two part-time sweepers for the second shift in all the schools . Our main concern is to provide quality work and manage things well in the government institutions,’’ he asserted. Talking about outsourcing, Setia said the manpower would be shifted to schools reeling under shortage. Eligibility criteria The department has set minimum eligibility for the manpower and the staff that would be provided by the agency. A three years’ experience is must for the supervisor and the electrician and plumber need to be ITI certificate holders in electrical and plumbing trade.

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