Dehradun: After four states turned down the Centre’s financial assistance for the upkeep and construction of Senior Secondary schools, the UPA government has once again sent a proposal in this regard to the Central Planning Commission.

Earlier four states including Maharashtra and Uttarakhand had denied accepting the Central government’s financial aid because the approved amount could not meet the actual construction and maintenance cost. Following which, the Centre assured the states to raise the fund and forwarded the proposal to Central Planning Commission.

The states were allotted Rs 268 crores for the current financial year for the construction and extension of 320 school buildings which involved extra classes, computer rooms, art-craft rooms and toilet block.

Under the National Secondary Education Campaign (NSEC), the Centre has taken the responsibility of Senior Secondary schools in its hand.

In its first phase, the Centre is required to open new secondary schools till Class IX and X and renovate high schools and intermediate colleges apart from expanding and providing necessary funds for other construction works.
The expenditure of the entire project has to be shared in a ratio of 75:25 between the Centre and state government. 

For the construction of schools, the Union Government is providing assistance at the rate of Rs 7,000 per square metre. However, the construction cost in hilly areas like Uttarakhand is increased manifold as a result the share of contribution by the state government in the project has also increased.