400 Eklavya residential schools planned
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that by 2022, the tribal communities of India will have over 400 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) for them. Now, every block comprising more than 50 per cent of the tribal population in India and at least 20,000 tribal people will have these schools.
There will be an autonomous society under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to run the Eklavya schools which will be similar to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. The sports facilities in 163 tribal-dominated districts in India will also be set up at a unit cost of Rs 5 crore each by 2022. Loans will be provided for tribal self-help groups through National Tribes Finance Development Corporation (NTFDC) at a low-interest rate which will vary from 1 to 8 per cent. As of now, 102 such blocks have these schools already. India will soon have 462 new EMRSs in these blocks.