The central government has decided to release an amount of Rs 4450 crore for the Composite Education Campaign. This decision was taken in an important meeting held with the education ministers of the states.
The Minister of Human Resource Development held a meeting on Tuesday by video conference with the state education ministers and secretaries. Education ministers of 22 states and education secretaries of 14 states and union territories participated in this meeting.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, “Under Holistic Education, we have allowed states to spend the balance of the previous year. A number of Rs 4450 crore is also being released for the first quarter.”
He said, “It will be my request to the states to immediately transfer the amount released under the Composite Education Scheme to the State Implementation Committee so that it can be utilized properly and we have the facility to release the next installment.”
Nishank said, “Our whole effort should be that there should be no impediment in the education of about 30 crores of our students. For this, various efforts are being made to strengthen the online education system like Diksha, Swayam, Swayamprabha, Vidyadan 2.0, e-Pathshala, educational TV channels have been started.”
In addition, the optional academic calendar has also been released by NCERT. Which states can adopt according to their local situation. Security guidelines will also have to be prepared in the event of the school’s opening.
In the event of a lockdown, children are getting adequate and nutritious food, the ration is being provided under a mid-day meal. The sanction is also being given to providing a mid-day meal in summer vacation, which will cost a total of about Rs 1600 crore.
In addition, under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Rs 2500 crore is being released for the first quarter. Also, the states where Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas are sanctioned, but could not be started due to lack of land or running on low capacity, have been requested to transfer the land quickly, so that the children of that state can get there To get benefits.