Staff Reporter

Hostels to get facelift

Study material distributed free of cost

Rs. 1.5 crore for construction of anganwadi buildings

Kakinada: Continuing his focus on improving education standards, Zilla Parishad Chairman Ch. Venugopala Krishna is preparing an action plan aimed at enhancing the performance of all ZP high schools, particularly of the 10th class students. Study material was distributed to about 50,000 students free of cost last year and this year too efforts are being made in that direction.

Similarly, students of 8th and 9th classes were provided study material to enable them to lay a strong foundation for themselves to fare well in the SSC examinations.

Mr. Venugopala Krishna stated in a press release that cash awards of Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 50,000 were declared to students of ZP and Government High Schools who secure 1 to 10 ranks in the SSC examinations. Cash awards of Rs. 50,000, Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 15,000 were announced for 1st, 2nd and 3rd rankers at the district level.

The ZP chairman further stated that he got Rs. 1.64 crore sanctioned for laying of ceramic tiles in all residential hostels of SCs and BCs for hygienic atmosphere, which is a record in the history of the ZP. An amount of Rs. 32 lakh was released for repairs to tribal welfare hostels in addition to the normal allocation of 6 per cent funds of ZP.

Proposals for awarding ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’ to 15 village panchayats were sent to the Government of India.

Housing

A sum of Rs. 2.07 crore was spent exclusively for housing beneficiaries belonging to the SCs and STs to meet the labour component of the unified Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana to lessen the loan burden.

The ZP has allotted Rs. 1.5 crore from its general funds for construction of 60 Anganwadi buildings in the district and Rs. 55 lakh for DWCRA buildings.

Besides, a sum of Rs. 5 crore was allotted for construction of 200 community halls in all the mandals in the habitations of weaker sections. Rs. 25 lakh was spent from the ZP general funds for distribution of 1,000 tricycles, 75 crutches, 50 wheel-chairs and 300 hearing aids to the physically challenged, the ZP chief added.