KGBV scheme helping educational uplift of Muslim girls: Govt

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) As many as 25 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya were sanctioned exclusively for Muslim girls during the past financial year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said in a written reply that the scheme was helping in the improvement of educational status of Muslim girls, especially in Andhra Pradesh, where 94 KGBVs had been sanctioned during 2004-05, and 169 out-of-school girls from the community were studying in these schools.

Besides, the educational status of Muslims in the state was being improved through other means too, she said, adding that a total of 526 Madrasas were supported through the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) In Andhra Pradesh, KGBVs had been extended up to Class X.

Education Cess: Replying to another question, the Minister said so far Rs 2384.48 crore had been collected as education cess during the current financial year.

The proceeds of Education Cess were credited into Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh (PSK) and utilised exclusively for the SSA and the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme.

Expenditure on the SSA and the MDM Scheme is incurred from PSK after the funds provided by way of Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) are fully utilised. No specific allocation is made separately to States/UTs against the amount collected through the Education Cess.

Mid-Day Meal: Answering another question, she said some complaints about irregularities in the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme had come to the notice of the Government.

As and when complaints come to the notice of the Government, State Governments/Union Territory Administrations are asked to conduct suitable enquiry and initiate corrective actions, she added.

States have also been urged to involve the parents, community members, Village Education Committee members and Panchayati Raj Institutions to supervise the cooking and serving of mid day meal to children, the Minister said.

UNI

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