Haryana to have second Sainik School soon

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New Delhi, Jun 18 (UNI) Haryana will soon have its second Sainik School, which will be set up in Rewari district, Minister of State for Defence Production Rao Inderjit Singh said here today.

The state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Defence to open the Sainik School in Tappa Gothra Khori village, he added.

Mr Singh said the Rewari school, which will fulfill a long pending demand of the inhabitants of this region, will enable the youth of the region to avail of the excellent educational facilities and discipline inculcated in such institutions.

The minister said the southern Haryana had always been the traditional recruitment ground for Defence Forces for many years.

The first Sainik School in Haryana was set up at Kunjpura in Karnal District in 1961. Chief Ministe Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Chief of the Army Staff, General Deepak Kapoor are alumni of that school.

Sainik Schools are established under the Sainik School Schemes on receipt of a specific request from the State Government agreeing to accept and provide basic infrastructure and equipment including salaries and other major expenditure.

The total expenditure for setting up a Sainik School at current rates is about Rs 25 crore.

The recurring expenditure by the State Government is around Rs 15 crore. The Ministry of Defence contributes by providing three Service Officers as Principal, Headmaster and Registrar, NCC Staff, Physical Training Instructor and a limited number of scholarships to the wards of Defence personnel studying in the Sainik School.

The Gram Panchayat had made available 50 acres of land, free of cost, to set up the Sainik School at Tappa Gothra Khori village, Mr Singh said. Till the time the school building was constructed, temporary accommodation for the functioning of the school would be made available in the Primary School Building, Community Hall and Youth Hostel in Rewari Town, he added.

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