Berhampur, Feb 11 (LocalWire) Accommodation problem for students enrolled under Anwesha scheme in Kandhamal was solved with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurating three hostels in the district.
The hostels were inaugurated at Phulbani with accommodation capacity for 600 students, at G.Udayagiri (600) and Tikabali (400).
An amount of Rs 2.25 crore was spent in each hostel at Phulbani and G.Udayagiri, while Rs 1.75 crore was spent for construction of the hostel at Tikabali, official sources said.
The hostels have separate wings for the girls and boys.
The students belonging to SC and ST from standard I to V, who have enrolled under the Anwesha scheme, would be housed in these hostels, sources said on Monday.
The Chief Minister had in 2015 launched the Anwesha scheme, under which 5,000 SC and ST children would annually be enrolled into Standard I in leading private schools in urban areas of the state.
The Odisha government would bear all expenses for education of these students under the scheme which is being implemented in 17 districts, including Kandhamal.
As many as 1455 students from standard I to III have been enrolled under Anwesha scheme and they have been housed at the hostels on rent, sources said.
Initially, several parents in the district were not keen to enroll their children under the scheme due to lack of hostel facilities.
“With the chief minister inaugurating the hostels, the accommodation problem has been solved,” said District Welfare Officer (DWO) Charulata Mallick.
The students who are now staying at the rented hostels would be shifted to the new hostels from starting of the new academic year from next April, she said.
Besides the old students, the newly enrolled students will also be housed in there.