Maharashtra to upgrade facilities for tribal students
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 19:02
  
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 primary.

"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.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 19:02


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