The Thrissur District Panchayat budget presented on Thursday lays emphasis on development projects in the farm sector and drinking water supply.
Presenting the annual budget, District Panchayat Vice-President Leela Subrahmanian said Rs. 42.5 crore had been earmarked for Jala Samridhi Project. Of this, 50 per cent would be given by the State government.
As in previous years, the District Panchayat has planned many innovative schemes in the education sector.
The D Plus-less district scheme, which aims at improving the quality of education, is one of them. Under the scheme, additional educational materials will be provided to students in those subjects in which they usually score low marks.
“The district used to score an average pass percentage of 97 in the SSLC examination. But only 54 per cent of them will get a chance for higher education. When the District Panchayat conducted a study with the help of the District Institute of Education and Training, it was found that the rest of the 43 per cent students are mostly D plus scorers with minimum marks,” C.C. Sreekumar, District Panchayat President, said.
Most of the students are scoring low marks in subjects such as English, mathematics, Hindi and science, he noted.
Handbook for English
The District Panchayat, with the help of DIET and the State Institute of English Language, prepared an additional handbook for English last year.
“It proved a success. So the District Panchayat plans to prepare such materials in mathematics, Hindi, and science too.” H e said in addition to these study materials, the teachers under the District Panchayt would be given a special training during the vacation. An amount of Rs. 4.50 lakh has been earmarked for providing scholarships for physically challenged students.
An amount of Rs. 14.90 crore has been allotted for road development and another Rs. 41.63 crore has been allocated for poverty eradication programme. The health sector will get Rs. 10.50 lakh. The jagratha samithis formed under the Nirbhaya project for the protection of women and children will get Rs. 10 lakh. The budget envisages a revenue of Rs. 172.61 crore and expenditure of Rs. 163.61 crore.