Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 (LocalWire) The state government on Wednesday launched here a new scheme to enhance the infrastructure in government-run residential schools for scheduled tribes and scheduled caste children.
Launching ‘Mission Suvidya’ chief minister Naveen Patnaik said it will ensure quality norms in basic facilities such as safe building, functional toilets, safe drinking water, proper kitchen and dining in the hostels of these government educational institutions.
For the implementation of the scheme, the scheduled tribes and scheduled caste department signed three separate agreements with Quality Council of India (QCI), Akshara Foundation and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED).
As per the terms, the QCI will carry out a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of all such hostels, a senior department official said.
Akshara Foundation will play the role of facilitator while the TRIFED will do the needful to ensure market linkages to various products produced by tribal artisans and tribal entrepreneurs.
As per the latest 2011 census, Odisha, home to about 42 million people, is ranked third in terms of ST population whereas its position is eleventh in terms of SC population in the country.