Over 100 schools destroyed by Naxals since 2008

As Maoist violence continue unabated, government on Wednesday said over 100 schools were destroyed by the extremists in Naxal-hit states since 2008.

New Delhi: As Maoist violence continue
unabated, government on Wednesday said over 100 schools were
destroyed by the extremists in Naxal-hit states since 2008.

The number of schools attacked by Naxalites during
2008 was 25 while 71 schools were destroyed in 2009 and till
April 13, 13 more schools were blown up.

Special dispensation have been given to Naxal-affected
states and central assistance has been enhanced from 50 per
cent to 100 per cent for establishment of ashram schools for
girls and boys in tribal sub-plan areas and hostels for
scheduled tribes children.

The Centrally-sponsored `Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha
Abhiyan` inter alia envisages opening of new secondary schools
within a reasonable distance of habitation and improvement of
existing secondary schools so as to enhance access to
secondary education, Minister of State for Home Ajay
Maken informed Rajya Sabha today.

PTI