Odisha govt plans 55 new hostels for SC students

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has decided to construct 55 new 100 seated hostels in 10 coastal districts including Sonepur. This was declared by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a meeting of the Scheduled Castes Welfare Advisory Board here on Friday.

The CM informed that 135 numbers of SC girls hostels have been completed of the sanctioned 155 under Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana and the remaining 19 hostels will be completed within two months.

Besides, the State Government has also decided to enhance the post-matric scholarship Maintenance Allowance to one thousand rupees per month for SC-ST boarders of Group 2, 3 and 4 categories.

More so, to reduce high dropout rates and increase attendance, the Odisha Government will give uniforms to all students of Class XI and XII studying in ST & SC Development Department schools.  

Reviewing legal assistance to the SC/ST communities, Patnaik stated the State Government has opened 390 Legal Aid Cells in the State to provide free legal services to the SC/ST communities. As many as 593 Legal Retainers have been appointed in 298 Legal Aid Cells in the State. Besides, steps have also been taken to establish 3 special Courts at Cuttack, Balasore and Bolangir for speedy trial of pending atrocity cases, he said.

While monetary relief to the tune of Rs.165.26 lakh has been released for payment to 572 SC atrocity victims, Rs. 207.81 lakh has been released for payment of cash incentive to 421 inter-caste married couples during the current year, he informed.