Staff Reporter

His visit is in response to an article published in The Hindu

Flurry of orders issued with regard to the maintenance of ST girl students’ hostel

Computer systems provided by Tata Steel have been made operational

HYDERABAD: Things seem to have taken a turn for the better for the ST girl students’ hostel at Vidyanagar after a visit there on Tuesday by the Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh.

A flurry of orders issued by the Minister with regard to the hostel’s maintenance kept the officials concerned on their toes.

After consultations with the State machinery, including Tribal Welfare Department and SERP, the Minister announced measures towards improving the conditions at the hostel.

The Minister’s visit was in response to an article published in The Hindu on December 12, describing the bad state of affairs at the hostel. The hostel was built on experimental basis with Rs. 1 crore mobilised by Mr. Ramesh from MPLADS Funds, Ministry of Tribal Welfare and the State Tribal Welfare Department.

During his visit, the Minister interacted with the inmates and their parents.

The measures announced by the Minister after his visit included ensuring regular water supply, making the computers operational, and mobilising more girl students to stay in the hostel.

“A full-time matron will be positioned at the hostel by the Tribal Welfare Department. January 20 has been set as the deadline for ensuring continuous water supply,” said Vijay Kumar, CEO of SERP.

In addition to the present sixteen, 50 more tribal girl students staying at other places will be spotted and accommodated in the hostel during the current academic year. Further mobilisation will be done by Mandal Samakhyas under Giri Pragathi Scheme in Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad districts, through meetings to identify girl students who may pursue higher education if they have a place to stay in the city.

The computer systems provided by Tata Steel have been made operational and soon an instructor will be appointed to teach computer skills to the girls, Mr.Vijay Kumar said.

Speaking to The Hindu later, the Minister expressed hope that the situation would improve after the measures were implemented. His next visit to the hostel has been scheduled for January 20.