Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah has said ‘Vidya Sambaralu’ that begins on June 1 is aimed at enrolling school dropouts in government schools with the active participation of MPDOs, ICDS and Sakshar Bharat personnel. Saying that there is no limit for admitting SC/ST children in welfare hostels, the Collector asked mandal educational officers to identify dropouts and enrol them in Kasturba schools.

At a meeting with officials MEOs on Thursday, the Collector said that out of 3.40 lakh schoolgoing children, one lakh were in private schools and asked the officials to divert at least 50 per cent of them to government schools. The government has been spending crores of rupees on books, uniforms and other facilities for children yet parents were looking toward private schools, which show the inefficiency of MEOs. He suggested formation of committees with personnel drawn from the Rajiv Vidya mission, IKP, ICDS, municipalities, NCLC, Adult Education, Education, and other departments at village and mandal-level to propagate the benefits of being literate.

With regard to the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme, the Collector has said that two centres in mandal headquarters and five in municipalities will be opened at all mandal headquarters and municipalities for Aadhaar cards. The beneficiaries have to submit details at the centres between June 1 and 10.Out of 69,770 DBT beneficiaries, 24,000 have Aadhaar cards. He asked the cardholders to submit personal details to VROs and tehsildars. After covering all the DBT beneficiaries, registrations for the remaining people will begin from April11. Joint Collector P.A. Sobha, District Revenue Officer B.H.S. Venkat Rao, and others were present.