Central share for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan enhanced

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) Aimed at assisting states in effective implementation of UPA government's flagship programme for Universalisation of Elementary Education, the Centre today revised the Centre-State funding pattern for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA)during the eleventh plan period and till the end of the programme.

According to the revised funding pattern, approved by a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the ratio of the Centre-state share for the implementation of the SSA would be 65:35 during 2007-09, 60:40 during 2009-10, 55:45 during 2010-11 and 50:50 during 2011-12 and thereafter till the end of the programme.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told mediapersons that the funding pattern for the eight North-Eastern States would be modified as 90:10.

''With the eight North Eastern states requiring to provide only ten per cent as their state share, it will be a measure of relief to these states against enhanced state share envisaged in the eleventh plan period under the SSA,'' Mr Dasmunsi said.

The modified funding pattern for SSA would be implemented with retrospective effect from April one this year.

UNI

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