Mumbai: In a bid to bring tribal students into mainstream, the Maharashtra Government is planning to upgrade facilities provided to them at `ashram schools`.
"It is sad that the Government was still following an
old decision taken in 1985 to provide facilities like cloths,
food to the tribal students. We have decided to upgrade the
facilities," Minister of State for Tribal Department, Rajendra
Gavit said today.
As per the earlier government order, the students were
getting only Rs 135 for cloths and Rs 600 for food.
The government would now increase the amount as the
costs of these things have gone up in the last 20 years, Gavit
said, adding that plans were being made to improve the
infrastructure of these schools.
Over two lakh tribal students study in 546 government-
funded `ashram schools` of which 452 are secondary and 94
"The department is also trying to give opportunity to
bright students for competitive exams like IAS, IPS and MBA by conducting preparation classes for them," Gavit added.