Plan to reserve ward funds for BBMP schools

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Standing Committee on Education has proposed diversion of 10 per cent of ward-level funds for the development of educational institutions run by the civic body.

The proposal, if approved in Tuesday’s meeting, is expected to provide a fillip to improving corporation schools in the City. The fund will be provided to a betterment committee comprising the local MLA, corporator, students of Palike schools and colleges, teachers and parents of students.

It will have to be utilised to improve infrastructure, provide water supply and other amenities for the benefit of students.

Significant sum

“Considering that each corporator gets Rs three crore for his or her ward, the amount would total to a significant Rs 30 lakh,” a Standing Committee member said.

However, when placed before the Council, the proposal is expected to face stiff opposition from the corporators.

Another proposal being considered is exploring the possibility of public-private partnership in building better school infrastructure.

“The issue has been discussed with the commissioner and he has agreed in principle to ask developers for their support,” Standing Committee chairman B V Ganesh told Deccan Herald.

The move is likely to see realtors build better infrastructure for Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike schools at locations where they construct multi-storey apartment complexes or form layouts.

As many as 20,000 students study at the Palike-run schools and colleges across the City. A total of 65 buildings house the 136 institutions.

*Rs 30 lakh expected from each ward

*Funds to be diverted to a betterment committee

*To be used for improving amenities at BBMP schools and colleges

*20,000 students study in 136 Palike-run institutions

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