AP Govt wins APCC's laurels for RRPSs

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Hyderabad, Oct 2 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today hailed the state government's decision to establish Rural Residential Public Schools (RRPSs), under Public-Private Participation (PPP), in every assembly constituency to provide quality education for the children in rural areas.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, 'Gandhi Bhavan', here, Party Spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy said the government had urged the corporate houses, voluntary organisations and industrialists to partner in the endeavour.

He said about Rs 12 crore would be required to establish the schools and a recurring expenditure of Rs 2.78 crore have to be met every year.

Refuting the allegations that the government was setting up the schools with a view to privatise secondary education in the state, he said it had increased the budgetory allocation for secondary education from Rs 1,350 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 2,029 crore in the current fiscal.

The government had also allocated Rs 1,400 crore to strenghten the residential schools in the state, he added.

UNI

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