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Education Dept gets a windfall

THE FOLLY of a few states ? Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and couple of others ? has resulted in UP education department getting richer by a whopping Rs 206 crore. These states were sanctioned the amounts for investing in the education system in their states. But after their failure to utilise the amount, the Central Government has diverted the same to UP.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 01:24 IST

Rs 206 cr diverted to UP from other states

THE FOLLY of a few states — Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and couple of others — has resulted in UP education department getting richer by a whopping Rs 206 crore. These states were sanctioned the amounts for investing in the education system in their states. But after their failure to utilise the amount, the Central Government has diverted the same to UP.

The State Education Department now plans to use it in updating the infrastructure and other requirements to make schools run under District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) scheme more “child-friendly”. According to officials, the amount would be utilised for constructing additional classes, libraries and installing things like swings and slides.

Basic Education secretary JS Deepak’s claims: “Of the total amount, Rs 80 crore would be used for developing classrooms, Rs 60 crore in meeting stipends for Siksha Mitras, Rs 20 crore in installing child-friendly elements in the schools, Rs 20 crore for community mobilisation, etc.” The department intends to set up 7000 additional classrooms with this money.

A decent amount from the Rs 206 crore has been kept aside for developing libraries to inculcate reading habits amongst students. It has been learnt that libraries would be developed in association with the National Book Trust .

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 01:24 IST