Reiterating the need for upgradation of Gujjar and Bakerwal hostels, Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs, Ch Zulfkar Ali today said that an ambitious plan has been formulated by the Government to convert all Gujjar and Bakerwal hostels into residential schools. He said the move is aimed at expanding the ambit of educational facilities for the children of marginalized sections of the society.
Minister stated this while inspecting Gujjar and Bakerwal hostel Reasi. He took a detailed round of each section of hostel including kitchen, library, computer room to take stock of infrastructure and other related facilities available there.
Highlighting the role of these hostels, the Minister said these institutions provide a platform for the children of homeless and marginalized sections for acquiring education. He said the government is placing special focus on overall emancipation of tribal people by putting in place a well knit network of residential schools and other logistic incentives designed for enhancing literacy rates.
Terming education as crucial to socio-economic development, the minister said that innovative efforts are afoot for enhancing tribal accesses to education by all means. He said intake capacity of these hostels has been increased from 75 to 100 besides instructions have been given to the administration to prioritize the education of children of remote and downtrodden families who could not afford such facilities on their own.
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