HYDERABAD: Union minister for HRD Kapil Sibal called the chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to inform him on Wednesday that the central government has sanctioned 353 model schools at block level for the state. The Centre was also releasing Rs 409.77 crores to the state as first instalment.
This has been sanctioned to the Andhra Pradesh Secondary Education Society, under the central government sponsored programme, “Schemes for setting up of 6,000 model schools at block level as benchmark of excellence” for the educationally backward blocks in the country.
The amount sanctioned will go towards plan expenditure and will be utilized as per the approved guidelines of the scheme in the first phase all over the country.
The state government will also release its share to the AP secondary education society soon. The HRD ministry also said that the next instalment would be released after the receipt of expenditure statement with respect to grants is received, and that at least 50 per cent of the grants released have been utilized.
The HRD ministry also sanctioned Rs 2.32 crores to AP secondary education society as grant-in-aid under the same scheme. The Adilabad, Ananthapur, East Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Medak, Warangal Prakasam, Nellore, Kadapa, Srikakulam districts have been identified for the construction of the model schools.
The CM thanked Kapil Sibal for releasing funds and explained his government recent drive to improve literacy by improving infrastructure.
The Times of India, August 04, 2011