GUWAHATI, Jan 7 - The State government has decided to run with its own resources the 14 model schools, construction of which has been completed.
It needs mention that the UPA-led government at the Centre had decided to bear the construction and management cost of these schools till the 2017-18 fiscal. But the present Human Resources Development Minister of the NDA-led government at the Centre has stated through a letter that the Union government has closed the Model School scheme from the 2015-16 fiscal.
The State government said in a statement here this evening that due to the above decision of the NDA-led Central government, implementation of the Model School scheme in the State has been delayed.
The Model School scheme was introduced by the UPA-led Central government under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan to set up model schools in each of the academically backward areas of the country. The UPA-led Central government had proposed to set up 6,000 such schools all over the country and announced that it would bear the required funds for construction and management of such schools at a 90:10 ratio till the 2017-18 financial year.
Till 2017-18 fiscal, the Central government under the UPA regime had decided to spend an amount of Rs 362 lakh for construction of the buildings of each of these schools and an amount of Rs 75 lakh annually for management of the individual schools. During the rule of the UPA-led government, the Assam government had received an amount of Rs 111 crore from the Central government as the first instalment for the purpose. But the present government at the Centre has decided to close the scheme, said the State government.