State seeks more funds for Abhiyaan

Money to be used to enhance infrastructure facilities in State schools

“While the previous allocation for Karnataka was earmarked at Rs 960 crore, this year after the submission of our compliance report for civil works under the clauses mentioned by the Centre, we are expecting the allocation to touch Rs 1,200 crore,” Principal Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr R G Nadadur, told Deccan Herald.

The expenditure will be included in the plans and proposals for the SSA project as presented to the Centre. The funds, according to the SSA officials, will be used to enhance the infrastructure in most schools in the State.

“The intention of collecting extra funds under the SSA is to provide ladies toilets, drinking water facilities and expand the infrastructure for the existing schools in the state,” said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Director, Selva Kumar.

Quality education

The SSA is currently concentrating on quality education for the children by providing them with added facilities for excellence.

Besides these, the government also intends to use the funds to further the Nali-Kali project, that is being pursued with enthusiasm by the department. Apart from the expansion plans, the SSA will also be initiating a new system of providing students with tutorial books or reference books for students to have an in-depth knowledge of the subjects they study.

“We will also initiate reading corners and other facilities for the children under this pilot project,” said Selva Kumar.

The SSA has identified three or four districts for this pilot project to be implemented in the State.

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