19 May 2012

Development of Hostels and Coaching Centres for OBCs in Odisha

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has released a sum of Rs. 461.71 lakh to the State Government of Odisha for construction of hostels for OBC Boys and Girls during the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. Under the Scheme of “Free Coaching for SC & OBC students", grant-in-aid is released to various institutions only for providing coaching to SC & OBC students, but no grant-in-aid is provided for development of coaching centres. 

Under this Scheme, Rs.39.52 lakh have been released from 2007-08 to 2011-12 for running of coaching centres in the State of Odisha. Government of Odisha has reported that eight (8) hostels have been completed, utilizing the central assistance and matching state government contribution. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri D.Napoleon in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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