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Data on primary education in tribal areas for 3 years missing

The measures taken by government have worked well too, but the worst part of it is that the data for gross enrolment ratio for the last three years have been not maintained in this ministry.

In information given by Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram in Rajya Sabha, it has come to light that children going to school in tribal areas have increased every year.

In the written reply to the Upper House, the minister said, “As per statistics of school education, HRD Ministry, 2006-07 and abstract of statistics of school education 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11, the gross enrolment ratio (GER) for elementary stage (Class I-VIII) during 2007-08 was 109.60 per cent,” adding that the ratio was 118.85 per cent during 2009-10, while  it increased rose to 119.70 per cent in 2010-2011, which shows an increase in enrolment ratio among ST children.

The Modi government is taking steps like scheme of hostels for ST girls and boys apart from scheme of establishment of ashram schools in tribal areas and other programmes under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

According to the minister’s written reply, the ministry has also launched special central assistance to tribal sub-plan under which funds are provided by the ministry to the 23 state governments as an additive to the state plan for economic development of tribals.

The scheme of grant under Article 275(1) of the Constitution has been released to 27 states, including Jharkhand having ST population for raising the level of administration in scheduled areas and for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes. Funds are also given for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools, the minister said in the Upper House.

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