State to release non-salary grant to pvt schools with rider

The grant will be calculated on the basis of salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff of the respective schools as per Fifth Pay Commission, a govt resolution said

The state government has decided to release non-salary grant for private schools with effect from April with a rider that schools should have all necessary physical facilities in conformity with the RTE Act among other conditions.

The grant, which was discontinued by the government in 2004-05, will be calculated on the basis of salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff of the respective schools as per Fifth Pay Commission, a latest government resolution said.

Welcoming the decision, the federation of private educational organisations Maharashtra Rajya Shikshan Sanstha Mahamandal has demanded that the government should help schools raise infrastructure and facilities as stipulated under the RTE Act.

"The decision has come as big relief to schools as they were struggling to meet expenses on raising and maintaining basic infrastructure and paying for land and electricity," said Vijay Naval Patil, federation president. He said the state government should ensure schools get adequate funds to raise necessary facilities stipulated in the RTE Act by April 2013.

The government has earmarked Rs 266.82 crore for disbursement of non-salary grant to more than 19,000 schools in the state. The state cabinet in November last year had approved a proposal to provide non-salary grant to primary, secondary and higher secondary schools despite opposition from finance department.

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