Project for upgradation, improvement of 198 schools cleared by EFC

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) The Expenditure Finance Committee of the Delhi Government today cleared a project to upgrade and improve 198 existing schools in three education Districts in the state at a cost of Rs 285 crore.

The project was among the two proposals cleared at a meeting of the EFC, chaired by Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia.

The proposals, amounting to Rs. 294 crore, relate to the Directorate of Education and Department of Information and Technology.

Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Dr Walia said Rs 285 crores would be spent on upgradation and improvement of 198 existing schools in three education districts. Apart from this, fire safety provisions would also be ensured in these schools.

The amount would be utilized to overcome prevailing deficiencies in the schools by undertaking civil and electrical works and installation of suitable fire safety appliances in these schools.

It has been decided to rectify structurally hazardous construction and unsafe electrical systems. The school entry and outdoor area would be given better look and suitable improvements would be ensured in laboratories and libraries. Dr Walia expressed confidence that this will help in providing suitable atmosphere conducive to learning.

The schools identified for upgradation and improvement are located in District North West-A, North-East and East.

Talking about the other project cleared by the EFC, Dr Walia said that several citizen service centres would be constructed in the Capital-city to provide a single window service under the 'Jeevan' project which would enhance the speed, convenience, transparency and responsiveness by facilitating citizen interactions with the Government.

This would serve as comprehensive and most modern set up for citizen services.

Initially, 20 such Centres would be constructed within four months with an estimated amount of Rs 9.04 crores.

The centres would have computer Internet kiosk facility for public, ATM facility with FM and TV connectivity, modern furniture, drinking water, pantry and air-conditioning.

Dr Walia expressed confidence that the functioning of 'Jeevan' Citizen Centres would provide relief to the citizens who are otherwise supposed to run here and there to contact various offices for making payment of their different bills and obtaining routine information and forms.

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