Tuesday, February 23, 2010

[ZESTCaste] 478 hostels for SC/ST students in five dists



478 hostels for SC/ST students in five dists

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 23 Feb 2010 03:04:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to construct 478 hostels
for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students in five
Maoist-affected districts.

Official sources said that Centre has provided Rs 198 crore for the
implementation of the project. Hostels will be constructed in
Left-wing extremist (LWE) affected districts of Deogarh, Sambalpur,
Gajapati, Malkangiri and Rayagada.

Of these, 190 hostels will be exclusively for girls. The rest will be
for the boys. Each of the hostels will be constructed on 5,000 square
feet land at an expenditure of Rs 41.4 lakh. There will be 10
bathrooms and one entertainment hall for every hostel.

The hostels will be supplied with drinking water and solar power. The
project will be funded by the Centre, sources said, adding that it
will be completed in the next two years.

Construction of the hostels will be entrusted to the Integrated Tribal
Development Agencies (ITDAs). If necessary the Works Department will
also take up construction of some of the hostels.

Construction of the hostels is aimed at wooing more tribal students
from the Maoist-affected districts to schools.

Sources said that spread of education among the tribal and dalit
students in the backward districts will cut into the recruitment base
of the Maoists.

Priority is being attached by the State Government as well as the
Centre on development of the backward tribal districts so that the
youths do not join the extremist outfits at a time when both the
governments are readying to launch multi-state operation against the

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