Ministry of Education may cease all funding to Odisha for not implementing PM SHRI scheme

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 28, 2024 IST

PM SHRI scheme in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28: Five states including Odisha are not implementing the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI) scheme, intended to develop thousands of schools across the country.

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The Centre may cease all funding to Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Delhi as they have denied to sign MoUs with the Department of School Education and Literacy of the Ministry of Education for implementation of the scheme despite taking money for all other schemes under the ministry.

The Ministry of Education is mulling to cease all its funding to the states those are not implementing the PM SHRI scheme, said the ministry source.

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For 2023-24, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 50.8 crore for the Odisha schools run by the Centre, of which Rs 12.7 crore has already been released in the first installment.

A total of Rs 7.27 crore was released for 37 central schools and Rs 5.43 crore for 26 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The Union government is providing about Rs 70,000 crore to various states each year for development of the education sector and Odisha is getting nearly Rs 4,200 crore each year under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan and PM Poshan schemes.

The Centre had launched the PM SHRI scheme on September 7, 2022.

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