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India to spend 20 billion on girls' hostels

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    India to spend Rs 20 bn on building girls hostels New Delhi: India will spend Rs 2,000 crore (US $424.6 million) on building girls hostels for students of
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2008
      India to spend Rs 20 bn on building girls' hostels


      New Delhi: India will spend Rs 2,000 crore (US $424.6 million) on
      building girls' hostels for students of secondary and higher
      secondary schools in each of the country's 3,500 educationally
      backward blocks of the country.

      The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its nod for a
      revised centrally sponsored scheme for construction and running of
      girls' hostels for students of secondary and higher secondary schools
      in each of the educationally backward blocks during the 11th Five
      Year Plan (2007-12), Finance Minister P Chidambaram said.

      "The CCEA also gave its approval to incur expenditure of Rs 2,000
      crore as the central share with a sharing pattern of 90:10 between
      the centre and the states," he added.

      The revised scheme provides for construction of 3,500 hostels through
      state governments in all the educationally backward blocks in the
      country in addition to recurring grants to meet the needs of inmates,
      reports IANS.

      This will help improve the educational level of girl students in
      these backward blocks, Chidambaram said.

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