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Nod for setting up 107 Kendriya Vidyalayas

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NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday cleared a proposal to set up 107 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central schools) in the remaining part of the 11th Plan period.

Home Minister and CCEA spokesperson P. Chidambaram said the financial requirement for construction of the schools was estimated at Rs.526 crore in the 11 {+t} {+h} Plan, with a spill-over of Rs.279 crore towards capital cost in the 12 {+t} {+h} Plan period. The new schools will cater to about one lakh students.

Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the CCEA also approved a revision in the unit cost of school and anganwadi toilets under the Total Sanitation Campaign. The unit cost of school toilets has been raised from Rs. 20,000 to Rs.35,000 and that of anganwadi toilets from Rs.5,000 to Rs.8,000. For hilly and difficult areas, the costs will be Rs.38,500 and Rs.10,000 respectively.

Further, the CCEA cleared a proposal to restructure the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (Golden Jubilee Village Self-Employment Scheme) to correct the shortcomings pointed out by various evaluations and research studies. The scheme would be renamed as the National Rural Livelihood Mission.

The Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to establish a national institute of paramedical sciences along with eight regional institutes and a scheme to support through grant State government medical colleges for conducting paramedical courses.

The approvals would cost Rs.1,156 crore, with the Central government bearing 85 per cent and the States the rest.

The Cabinet also cleared the implementation plan of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency with a budgetary support of Rs. 235 crore and approved the creation of two posts of Deputy Director-General in the Bureau of Energy Efficiency at the Joint Secretary level. The plan is expected to help avoid creation of an additional power generation capacity of about 19,600 MW, save fuel totalling 23 million tonnes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the extent of 98.55 million tonnes.

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