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Odisha to have the highest number of EMRS in country



As many as 87 Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) have been sanctioned for Odisha which is the highest for any state in India. Also as many as 19 schools have been sanctioned in Mayurbhanj alone which again is the highest for any district in India.

This was stated by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti Bishweswar Tudu today while reviewing the status of the construction of Ekalavya Model Residential Schools in Odisha.

Tudu reviewed the issues faced at some of these schools’ sites such as acquisition of land, forest clearance, and cost escalation due to hilly terrain and issued direction to the officials to clear all the matter and expedite the construction of the schools.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed for the development and welfare of the tribal communities. He said that the Modi Government’s dream for the well-being of the tribal students will be fulfilled by the set target of 2024.

The Bhoomi Pujan for 45 out of the 87 schools has been completed so far.

The meeting was attended by senior officials from the ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department and Forest, Environment and Climate Change Department of the Odisha Government among others.

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