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Bhubaneswar: In order to impart quality education to children in mining-rich Sundergarh and Angul district, two new Kendriya Vidyalayas will be set up soon.
The Mahanadi Coal Field Ltd (MCL) has approved the establishment of the central schools in the two districts.
Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi informed the development through a letter to his Cabinet colleague Dharmendra Pradhan who had earlier sought his personal intervention in this regard.
In his letter to Pradhan, the Union Coal Minister stated “I am happy to inform you that MCL Board has approved setting up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya each in Sundergarh district (Basundhara area) and Talcher Coalfields of Angul district (Jagannath and Subhadra areas).”
In September last year, Pradhan had written to the Coal Minister urging him to direct MCL authorities to initiate appropriate measures for establishment of such schools in Sundergarh, Angul and Jharsguguda district.
Pradhan has shot up the letter, based on the request of Sundergarh MP Jual Oram, Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari and Dhenkanal MP Mahesh Sahoo.
Pradhan had stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on quality education is to increase Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) which is enshrined in the National Education Policy.
Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Angul along with adjoining districts in Odisha have a GER at primary level which is below the national average, the Petroleum Minister had stated.