SRINAGAR: The Tribal Affairs Department has initiated measures for modernisation of hostels in various districts aimed at providing best facilities to the students. Department has also initiated the process for enhancement of diet rates. Allocation of funds for completion of ongoing Hostel projects and improvements in facilities of existing hostels is aimed at providing standard accommodation to tribal students and also offering required educational facilities.
Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary informed that steps have been initiated for completion of ongoing Hostel projects, sanction of new hostels and modernisation of existing hostels including furniture, furnishing, infrastructure upgradation and educational facilities.
Govt also released an amount of Rs 15.00 Cr for utilisation on current financial year which includes Rs 30.00 Lakh each for 26 hostels to be provided furniture and furnishing while more than Rs 8.00 Cr provided for completion of hostels in Basantgarh, Kulgam, Shopian, Bani, Kalakote and Koteranka. More than 5 hostels are also being completed this month at an estimated cost of 16.00 Cr.
Dr Shahid informed that under the directions of Lieutenant Governor J&K the department of tribal affairs received highest ever funds for hostels modernisation and completion the efforts for which are being personally monitored by Advisor (Tribal Affairs) Farooq Khan. He expressed gratitude to Chief Secretary Dr A K Mehta and Addl Chief Secretary Finance Atal Dullu for special funding to complete the hostels stuck since many years and grants for up gradation of facilities.