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Virbhadra bats for Uniform scheme Funding

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has urged the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for extending uniform funding pattern for centrally sponsored Schemes.

He said that the schemes like Rashtriya Madhiyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Mid-Day Meal should be funded on analogy of the North-Eastern Special Category States as these states were getting funds in the proportion of 90:10.

Chief Minister raised this matter with the Union Minister in a meeting held here in New Delhi on Monday.

Felicitating  Irani on assumption of important portfolio of HRD Ministry, Chief Minister apprised the Union Minister that Himachal Pradesh has done a commendable work in implementation of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and said that the state had covered all Primary Schools under Mid-Day Meal Scheme. He said that Himachal had excelled in achieving high  literacy rate and was posed to become fully literate State in near future.

Showing his concern about the falling standards of education in elementary sector, Chief Minister emphasised the need to provide quality education in Government Schools and suggested that in order to check the falling standards of education, the state had proposed to conduct examination of 5th and 8th classes till the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was implemented strictly in the State.

He apprised that the Vidhan Sabha had also unanimously adopted a resolution in this regard and a request had been sent to government of India to make amendment in Right to Education Act, 2009.

Extending his gratitude for sanctioning Indian Institute of Management for Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister apprised that a land measuring 188 acres situated at Mauja Kolar near Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur District had been identified. He requested that a site selection committee may be sent to finalise the site soon so that the work on this prestigious institution could be started at the earliest.

The Union Minister assured that site selection team would soon visit the State.  She also assured to look into the other issues raised by the Chief Minister.

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