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Cabinet okays Sikkim rail link, more schools

The government cleared a proposal to construct a 52.7-km broad gauge railway line from Rangpo to Sivok in West Bengal, connecting Sikkim with the rest of the country through a rail link.

delhi Updated: Nov 07, 2008 01:46 IST
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The government on Thursday cleared a proposal to construct a 52.7-km broad gauge railway line from Rangpo to Sivok in West Bengal, connecting Sikkim with the rest of the country through a rail link.

The government also decided to set up or upgrade 6,000 model schools across India with facilities that match the Kendriya Vidyalayas.

In the first phase of the plan to build quality schools, 2,500 schools would be set up through state governments in educationally backward blocks, Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan said after the meeting of the Union Cabinet.

“The model schools will have infrastructure and facilities at least of the standard of Kendriya Vidyalayas,” he said, adding that pupil-teacher ratio and curriculum would also match the standards of central schools.

Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan asked the government to focus on areas with significant populations of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

The cost-sharing pattern would be 75 per cent for the Centre and 25 per cent for the state governments. The Centre’s share in the total expenditure would come to around Rs 7,457 crore.

The cabinet committee also cleared a home ministry proposal to spend Rs 635 crore to set up Integrated Check Posts (ICP) at 13 identified entry points on the land borders of the country.

The ICPs would be a sanitised zone with dedicated passenger and cargo terminals comprising adequate customs and immigration facilities, security and scanning equipment, health and quarantine facilities. There would also be state-of-the-art facilities for passengers.