CM meets Union HRD Minister
Jaipur, Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has demanded that the Union Government should provide complete package of funds for the half-done projects for development of education in the state.
In this regard, Smt. Raje met the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Jubin Irani at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. She discussed various ongoing projects in Rajasthan in this sector and the issues related to incomplete ventures.
The CM requested the Union Minister to release funds worth 102.85 crore rupees for construction of 134 model schools in the state which remained unpaid out of a centrally-sponsored scheme (CSS) sanctioned in 2011-12. Initial allocation for this scheme was 404.68 crore rupees, of which 301.85 crore rupees had been received, while the model school scheme was later removed from the list of centrally-sponsored schemes and setting-up of these school was handed over the state government. Therefore, the construction works of these schools got stalled.
Smt. Raje demanded the financial support for the model schools should continue from the Union Government according to the initial plan and 102.85 crore rupees should be released as rest of the amount of CSS because the model schools project was sanctioned in 2011-12 itself.
The CM informed the Union Minister that the state government was planning to develop one senior secondary school each as Adarsh School at all Gram Panchayats in Rajasthan. Under this, 9,895 Adarsh school will be developed in next three years. For this, the state government sent proposals to the centre for creating basic facilities in
2079 Adarsh schools during year 2015-16, but the Planning Approval Board (PAB) gave sanction for only 176 schools. The CM asked for sanction of grants for rest of the 1903 school as well at the earliest possible.
Smt. Raje further said that proposals for setting up information and communication laboratories in 2,000 schools of the state during the year 2015-16 too had been sent for approval of the PAB, of which till date sanctions were issued for 525 schools only. She asked the Union Minister for early grant of approval for rest 1,475 schools as well.
The CM said that of total 72,200 government schools (58,743 primary or upper primary and 13,457 secondary or senior secondary) in the state, 93 per cent had separate toilets available. At rest of the places, construction of 6,401 new toilets and renovation or reconstruction of 5,850 old toilets was required. For this, the education department and public sector undertakings had taken up construction works.
Smt. Raje said that the state government had also invited proposals from different colleges under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. These proposals would be forwarded to the centre for taking rightful steps in the direction of progress and improvement in quality of higher education in the state.