UP to have 100 clean-green schools

Lucknow, Dec 1 - In an attempt to teach students virtues of good environment, Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to launch 'Clean school, green school’ scheme, under which 100 schools across the state would be adopted that will have best of facilities including furniture, water, toilet and greenery.

The decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting held here today, which was chaired by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The selection of schools would be done by a committee to be set up under Director, Secondary Education.

In districts, a committee headed by District Magistrate will monitor implementation of this scheme.

To start with, the government has earmarked Rs 50 crore for this scheme. In each selected school Rs 10 lakh has been allotted for furniture, Rs 20 lakh to carry out renovation and additional Rs 20 lakh for miscellaneous expenses.

“Each identified school will get Rs 50 lakh as financial help in one fiscal,” the government spokesman said. “These schools will have smart classes, science laboratories, RO water purifier and water chiller besides these schools would be surrounded by trees,” he said.

In another decision, the government has decided to give Harcourt Butler Technological Institute a status of university by bringing legislation UP Harcourt Butler Technological Institute Act 2015.

The spokesman said that this would be non-affiliating technical institute which will teach engineering and technology, basic and applied science, social science, architecture and other vocational courses.

Government has also taken the decision to develop 20 rugged areas Lalitpur, Jhansi, Mahoba and Chitrakoot through grants from NABARD. The Government has also proposed a help of Rs 470.15 crore under which 14355 hectare area of land would be irrigated by renovating 585 wells.

A decision which can bring smiles on the faces of PAC jawans, government has declared that these jawans will get VAT goods from central police canteens. This decision is likely to benefit over 13 lakh jawans deployed in PAC. The consumers will now have to sell more for purchase of cell phones along with packed accessories over Rs 10,000 as state cabinet has decided to impose a VAT of 4 per cent on these purchases.

Also the government has decided to construct a wrestling hall and Astroturf hockey ground in Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College, Gorakhpur.

It has also approved Rs 715.15 lakh to maintain heritage character of the Government Inter College, Jhansi.

Another decision was taken to invite tenders to set up slaughter houses under PPP model in Bareilly.

The state cabinet has also issued new guidelines for seeking information under RTI under which power of recall has been given to the Commissioner and if need be the court can issue adjournment notice.

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