Wangling Lowangdong raised the issue of criteria of running EMRS

ITANAGAR, AUG 28 : The Minister of Health & Family Welfare & SJTA Alo Libang inform the house that three ongoing Eklavya Model Residential school (EMRS) are running instate which include EMRS Bana by VKV Arunachal Pradesh Trust and EMRS by Art of Living.

Libang was replying to the question raised by Borduria-Bogapani MLA Wanglin Lowangdong on the floor of the house on Saturday during the question hours. Lowangdong questioned why the government without consultation and taking into the confidence of the stakeholders including local MLA has allotted to NGOs for running of such government added schools and opportunity should be given to people of all religions.

LIbang addressing the house said that schools are institutions and all educational institutions follow secularism. In the district there is a district level committee headed by Deputy commissioner as Chairman and everything is finalized under him. The committee takes care of the activities. He said.

With regards to allotment criteria for allotment for running the EMRS, Libang said that the renowned NGOs who are already in the field are selected on the basis of their credential by Arunachal Pradesh Eklavya Model Residential School Society (APERMSS). The APEMRSS is formed as per the guidelines of the National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. He said.

The selected NGOs who will be running the EMRS performances are satisfactory as they have already run some schools successfully for many years. He said.

The nodal department to monitor is the Education department and the education department has selected these NGOs with several guidelines, the agreement has been signed between the state EMRS and NESTS with several conditions. Three such EMRS which are in progress including one at Tribin will run by VKV, Kampu-Nyapin by Gyamar Educational Trust, Khela to Arunachal Siksha Bikash Parishad which would be functional.

As per information, two more EMRS are under construction which include Medo in Lohit district and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley.

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