Construction of Ekalavya Schools put on fast track: Tribal Affairs Ministry
NEW DELHI (Maha Media): Tribal Affairs Ministry has said that construction of Ekalavya Schools put on fast track after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of 50 schools on Janjatiya Gaurav Divas as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 15th of this month virtually from Bhopal. These schools are being set up in 26 districts of seven States and one Union Territory.
PM Modi while highlighting the importance of these schools said that 740 Eklavya Model Residential Schools will be set up across India. Each block with more than 50 per cent ST population and at least 20 thousand tribal persons will have such schools. Out of these 50 schools, 20 schools are located in Jharkhand, 15 in Odisha, four each in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, three in Maharashtra, two in Madhya Pradesh and one each in Tripura and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. These schools are located in hilly and forest areas of the country and benefit children tribals inhabiting remotest areas of the country.
The foundation laying ceremony by the Prime Minister saw presence of dignitaries at key locations and was marked by great fanfare including cultural programmes. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda joined the inauguration event from Jharkhand, where 20 schools were inaugurated. In Chhattisgarh, Minister of State of Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh Saruta graced the occasion at the EMRS site in Batouli Block, Surguja District, Chhattisgarh.