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Chandigarh, April 28 -- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has urged Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal to immediately release Rs 313.16 crore for the upgradation of educational infrastructure in the State under various Central Government schemes.

The Chief Minister called on Sibal in his office at New Delhi late on Monday evening and impressed upon him to direct his Ministry for immediate release of second installment of Rs 24 crore and Rs 23.50 crore to the State Government for the construction of 21 model schools in the State under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA) as the State Government had already released its due share.

In addition, the Chief Minister also sought immediate sanction for a project amounting to Rs 265.66 crore for schools which required major repairs under RMSA.

Taking part in the deliberation, the Chief Minister also asked Sibal for expeditious construction of the Central university at Ghudda in Bathinda district. He also sought Sibal's intervention for immediate approval of site for the proposed the world class university at Amritsar.

Badal also demanded from the Ministry of HRD to sanction two additional constituent colleges for the State in the educationally backward districts of Sangrur and Amritsar. Likewise, he also requested the Union Human Resource Development Minister for sanctioning and opening of 9 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the district of Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Nawanshahr, Sangrur, Ropar and Tarn Taran.

He also mentioned that the State Government had already provided land free of cost to the GoI. Besides, the Chief Minister also urged Sibal to immediately sanction a model school at village Ghuda in Bathinda district for which he had already agreed during the last meeting held on January 24, 2010.

Responding to the issues raised by the Chief Minister, Sibal assured him that the Ministry of Human Resources Development had already send the case for the releasing of the balance amount of Rs 47.50 crore under the scheme of 21 model schools and RMSA to the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) for its sanction.

He informed Badal that the pending proposals of the State Government with the Ministry for sanctioning a model school at village Ghudda in district Bathinda in addition to two constituent colleges in Sangrur and Amritsar districts were under its active consideration.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his Principal Secretary DS Guru, Special Principal Secretary KJS Cheema, Resident Commissioner Punjab Bhawan K Siva Parsad and Director General School Education Krishan Kumar.

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Date:Apr 28, 2010
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