Private aided schools: State govt to revive non-salary grants scheme
Several schools and organisations representing these schools have been protesting since the state government stopped their non-salary grants in 2004. They had claimed that in the absence of non-salary grants, they have to struggle to even buy chalks, dusters and so on. Following a Cabinet decision in November last year, the government decided to release non-salary grants for private aided schools from the next academic year. (2013-14)
The fund that is pending since 2004-05 was given to the schools by the state government for expenses, other than salaries, such as repair and maintenance costs, purchase of educational aids and other utility payments. The fund of Rs 266 crore that will be released by the state government will be given to 23,000 aided primary and secondary schools across the state from April 1 onwards. The non-salary grant will be given to each school at the rate of five per cent of the salary grant received by the school - four per cent non-salary grant and one per cent for repair and maintenance of infrastructure.
Till 2004, every aided school, whether primary, upper primary or secondary, used to get a non-salary grant, calculated at 12 per cent of the salary grant. School Education Minister Rajendra Darda said,
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