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Govt approves Eklavya model residential schools

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Aiming to boost educational infrastructure in tribal areas, government has launched 462 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons. To begin with, the CCEA has approved a financial cost of Rs 2242.03 crore during 2018-19 and 2019-20 for rolling out the revamped scheme.
The CCEA has further approved the following: There will be an Autonomous Society under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs similar to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to run the EMRSs, upgradation of already sanctioned EMRSs on need basis with unit cost subject to a maximum of Rs 5 crore per school, setting up sports facilities in 163 tribal dominated districts at a unit cost of Rs 5 crore each to be constructed by the year 2022. Financial provisions for 15 sports facilities during 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been agreed to. Enhancing the grants for maintenance which are admissible every five years from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 Lakh, 102 of such blocks are already having EMRSs. Thus, 462 new EMRSs will be established in these blocks across the country. The new scheme envisages increase in construction cost of EMRS from current Rs.12 crore to Rs. 20 crore to improve the construction quality and ensure better facilities for the students. Recurring cost to be enhanced to Rs. 1,09,000/- per student per year from the existing Rs. 61500/- per student per year from 2019-20 onwards

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