Pradeep Pattanayak

Setting aside politics and competitions, the Chief Minister should consider implementing the Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI) scheme in Odisha, said Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while inaugurating the scheme in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. 

The Union Minister said it is up to the Chief Minister to pick up schools where the scheme should be implemented. He can start from his own assembly constituency Hinjli. 

“To shape the future of one crore Odia students, all should come forward,” he added. 

Under the PM SHRI scheme, two schools from each block would be developed. If the scheme is implemented, a total of 628 schools from 314 blocks could be developed. The schools will get the latest technology, smart classrooms, development of sports, valuation of students’ quality, green school management and plastic plastic-free environment.  

In the country, while the scheme has been implemented in 14,500 schools, an amount of Rs 27,360 crore would be spent. 

While responding to the Union Education Minister’s statements, Higher Education Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said, “People are happy with Biju Swasthay Kalyan Yojana. Several schemes have been launched for the development of the people. The Chief Minister is not tightening the purse strings for the development of any field.”

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