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Centre seeks land, facilities for setting up four KVs in State




 The Centre has asked the State government to immediately transfer land and provide facilities for setting up as many as four new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across Odisha.

Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy informed the State government that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved a proposal for opening 50 new KVs in the country.  The State government has sent a proposal for setting up of new KVs at Gunupur in Rayagada district, Jagatsinghpur in Jagatsinghpur district, Champua and Anandpur in Keonjhar district.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), which manages the KVs has already informed various State governments to offer land as per norms.  It has also sought temporary accommodation required for opening KVs at the earliest. There are 38 KVs operating in the State providing quality education to over 60,000 students, sources said.
Swarup said that identified land is also required to be transferred to KVS before administrative orders for opening KVs can be issued by KVS. The Union Secretary said the State government must take up the task of setting up of these schools under challenge mode.
“This will be based on first come first served basis”, he said. In fact as there is stiff competition among the States to get new KVs, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has allowed the challenge method, said sources.
Under this backdrop as soon as the land is transferred to KVs further action can be taken up at KVS level, informed Swarup. During his recent visit to Odisha, Swarup expressed satisfaction over school education system in the State.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary AP Padhi has asked the Secretary Department of School and Mass Education to step up necessary ground work for setting up KVs in the respective districts. The district collectors have been asked to identify the land and make arrangements for transfer in favour of KVS.
The State government has asked the authorities in districts concerned to initiate steps in a time bound manner so that Odisha does not lose out on the new KVs.





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