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With 12% increase in budget outlay, Ministry of Tribal Affairs to set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential Schools

New Delhi, February 16, 2018: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram on Friday said that his Ministry will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in tribal areas of the country.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been allocated an amount of Rs 6000 crore in 2018-19 (BE) as compared to Rs 5329.32 crore in 2017-18 (BE) showing an increase of 12% (Rs 670.68 crore) over the previous year.

“All Tribal blocks with more than 50% scheduled tribe (ST) population and at least 20,000 tribal persons will have Ekalavya Model School by 2022. As many as 271 EMRSs have already been sanctioned out of which 190 are currently operational,” said Oram while briefing media persons on the budgetary provisions for Budget 2018-19.

The EMRSs provide boarding and lodging facilities to tribal students and will be brought at par with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala through high quality education. An amount of Rs 241.60 crore was released to States during 2017-18 for meeting recurring cost of 190 functional EMRSs where about 56,000 Tribal students are enrolled at the rate of Rs 42,000 student per annum.

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