State seeks power over Central schools

Bid to check alleged irregularities


Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Karnataka met Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here on Friday and urged him to consider the proposal.

Kageri told Deccan Herald after his meeting with the minister that his government would study how other states were tackling such issues and might also consider the possibility of enacting a law.

Sibal, in his turn, had asked the state to enact a law for monitoring the ICSE/CBSE schools and had also assured that his ministry might consider a proposal of asking the Boards to monitor such schools strictly.

The minister also urged Sibal to increase central share of finances for the mid-day meal scheme.

Referring to cooking costs he had asked for increasing central share from Rs 1.58 to Rs 2.60 and from Rs 2.10 to Rs 3.35 in respect of class I-V and VI-VIII respectively. He had urged for enhancement of reimbursement of kitchen shed cost from Rs 60,000 to Rs One Lakh per unit.

 “Government of India is reimbursing Rs 75 per quintal as regards transportation charges under the scheme. I request for enhancement of transportation charges from Rs 75 to Rs 100 per quintal,” the Minister said adding that Sibal had assured him that his Ministry would consider the proposals positively.

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