Reasi district administration in a major initiative to improve literacy in the district completed the construction of 527 schools in far-flung areas.
Majority of these schools have been constructed in areas, which were once hot bed of terrorism.
Reasi deputy commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal said that it would help about 35,000 students in the district where literacy rate was 50% and about 30% of the people were below poverty line.
The initial allocation of `6.87 lakh per school under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was insufficient as the present cost was about `10 lakh, and as a result of this the construction of 338 schools was pending. Iqbal decided to take up the construction work and held a series of meetings with development assistant commissioner Joginder Singh Rai, successive chief education officers, tesildars and zonal education officers.
In the meetings it was decided to have convergence of different central schmes, especially the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) to make funds available and also involve the locals and local material.
The DC and the team of officers held month long series of meetings with more than 500 VECs in six educational zones.
They were convinced about constructing of schools through community participation and additional funds provided under MGNREGA and district plan.