Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday listed the initiatives of his government in the education sector, particularly for tea garden tribes.
Tagging Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal again on twitter and sharing a video clip, CM Sarma said, “Unless forced to, we prefer to work quietly! In this academic year we’ve established 100 Secondary Schools for kids of tea garden workers; 100 more in pipeline. Tea gardens are located in remotest parts of Assam.”
The video claimed that Assam has a robust school education system with more than 2 lakh teachers teaching over 65 lakh students in 44,521 government schools. A total of 1.18 lakh mid-day meal workers are also engaged by the state government, it said. While 100 secondary schools for children of tea garden workers have been opened this academic session, 100 more schools and 10 colleges are in the project preparation stage, it added.
It may be mentioned that the two chief ministers had been engaging in verbal duels on Twitter over quite some time, each of them asking the other to visit their state and witness the development work undertaken there.
The spat started after Kejriwal, in response to a news item on the Assam government's decision to amalgamate schools due to poor results which also resulted in the closure of a few, had said shutting down the institutes was no solution.
Sarma had later accused Kejriwal of being in the habit of mocking smaller states and alleged that Kejriwal was comparing Delhi with a smaller state like Assam after failing to keep his promise of giving a London and Paris makeover to the national capital.