Govt to improve school facilities in Naxal affected districts

To improve educational facilities in 35 Naxal affected districts, Government has prepared a multi-pronged strategy.

Updated: May 09, 2010, 13:01 PM IST

New Delhi: To improve educational facilities in 35 Naxal affected districts, Government has prepared a multi-pronged strategy that includes setting up of secondary schools, girls hostels and reconstruction of buildings damaged by extremists.

The HRD Ministry has accorded top priority to these districts under the new schemes like Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Model Schools and the Girls` Hostel
Programme.

Under RMSA, which aims at universalising secondary
education in the country by 2020, as many as 384 schools have
been approved for the Naxal affected districts in 2009-10.

Similarly, under Model School Programme, 32 schools
out of 327 sanctioned in 2009-10 are located in these
districts.

Another 21 model schools are also proposed to be set
up in the seven Naxal affected districts of Chhattisgarh. 44
girls` hostels have been sanctioned for these districts.

The government has put them under Special Focus
Districts under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and is giving
more funds for creation of new primary schools, maintenance of
existing infrastructure and providing other facilities in
schools.

The expenditure on construction activity can be upto
50 per cent of the total funds allocated under SSA in these
districts.

PTI