Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
Odisha government today launched a scheme which would provide fully-funded education to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe (SC&ST) students from remote areas in public schools in urban centers.
Chief Minister Naveen Patanik officially launched “Anwesha” here today.
As per the scheme, 5000 children would be enrolled in class-I every year which would be extended upto 50, 000 in subsequent phases.
“Until now, around 3.5 lakh ST&SC students are availing the residential facility. This facility will be extended to two lakh more students. For this, hostels will be constructed soon,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on the sidelines of inauguration of ‘Sargi Phool Festival’.
The three-day ‘Sargi Phool Festival 2015′ was inaugurated today by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Adivasi Ground here.
The festival organised by Department of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) will culminate on Wednesday. Participants from across the state would perform cultural programmes on every evening during the festival. This apart, workshops, clay modelling, film producing, photography, photo editing, child reporting among others will be held for children.
A science exhibition on utility of waste materials was inaugurated by the chief minister.
The chief minister called upon the children to participate in various competitions to showcase their hidden talent.
SC&ST Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika, Minister of State (Tribal Welfare) Sudam Marandi, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles & Handicrafts Snehangini Chhuria were present during the occasion.