Odisha received Rs 198 cr from centre for tribal hostels

January 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

On Friday, Odisha received major funding support from the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) to provide residential facilities for tribal children in Maoist-hit areas of the State. More than 20 districts are affected by the Maoist menace, with the ultras luring the young boys and girls of the tribal families into their fold.

The Centre has favoured the State with funds to set up 478 hostels for tribal boys and girls. State Principal Secretary of the Department of ST & SC Development Ashok Kumar Triapthy had pursued the proposal for more hostels in the tribal zones.

The State Government received the sanction of Rs 198.37 crore for setting up of 190 girls’ and 288 boys’ hostels in the Maoist-affected districts out of the additional Central assistance for educational development of tribal children. It would help provide the much-needed residential facilities for the tribal children, said a senior officer here. The Centre has asked for completion of the hostels within two years’ time.

During the year, the State Government has planned to set up 1,000 hostels for the students of the schools run by the Department of ST & SC Development. Accordingly plans have been chalked out for the same, said an official.

Entry filed under: Central Govt. Grants, Developmental schemes for districts, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State, Tribal Welfare.

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