RAIPUR: School education minister, Kedar Kashyap on Saturday said that the budget of school education department has increased 14 times from Rs 750 crore 47 lakh in 2003-04 to Rs12 thousand crore at present.Kashyap was addressing a press conference on the completion of 14 years of BJP government in the state. “Dr Raman Singh, during his 14 year tenure has taken into consideration the sectionsof society that have been neglected for years. The kind of schemes which have been initiated under his leadership for the progress and welfare of underprivileged communities in tribal areas were not even thought of earlier. Efforts have been taken to connect underprivileged with mainstream”,Kashyap said.
He also spoke of Surguja and Bastar development authorities, constituted to act as abridgebetween thedeprived sections of society and the mainstream, as well as the Caste Development Authority and Rural and Other Backward Class Development Authority. “Other work undertaken under the chief minister include establishing medical collegein Bastar and Surguja, Sainik School in Sarguja, Education City in Dantewada, Prayas Residential Schools under Mukhyamantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana for talentedstudentsof naxalaffected areas,”he added.
“Enrolment in primary schools has increases to 96.33% .Number of girl students in high schools has increased from 61% to 97%. In year 2003-04, there were 930 girl students for every 1000 boy students asopposedtothe present scenario of 960 girl students for every 1000 boy students in year 2016-17”, Kashyap added.
He also informed that 15,807 schools have been opened in the state, pointing out that education city (Atal Bihari Vajpayi Shiksha Parisar), established in Dantewada, was now considered among the top 100 institutions in the world in terms of infrastructural development.
“It’s campus accommodates buildings for primary, higher secondary and polytechnic education. It also has saksham school for differently-abled kids. Children in Naxal affected areas have Prayas residential schools started under Mukhyamantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana” The occasion also marked the presence of parliamentary secretary Ambesh Jangade, chairman of Madarsa Board Mirza Ejaz Beg, school education department secretary Vikas Sheel, tribal caste and scheduled caste development department Secretary Reena Kangale among others