JE News Desk: Uttar Pradesh government is planning to open one Atal Residential School in every district of the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while addressing a public meeting at his official residence on Wednesday stated that as per the government’s vision, education from class 1 to 12 will be free of cost in these schools.
CM Yogi Adityanath said that Atal Residential Schools will educate the children and orphans of registered labourers and informed that the UP government will open more such CBSE affiliated schools in each development block of the state. At present, 18 schools have been set up in the divisional headquarters, in which studies will start this year itself.
The chief minister also gave certificates and educational kits of the Mukhyamantri Bal Seva Yojana to 102 children who earlier used to beg on the streets. In a programme organised at his official residence, the Chief Minister said that begging was a part of the Indian tradition in ancient times, in which there was a provision for a monk to go to a family once a day to collect alms.
The purpose behind begging was to give up one’s ego and this provided an opportunity to know and understand the society, but when business was involved with spiritual begging, its dangerous aspects were seen in the society, Adityanath added.
He also highlighted that many gangs force children to become beggars by making them handicapped and said the state administration has taken strict action against those involved in this crime.
The function was held under the Smile Project of the state government which aims to rehabilitate the families engaged in begging. On Wednesday, 102 children were rehabilitated in Lucknow and they were enrolled in elementary schools.
Adityanath said that children have enthusiasm, desire and spirit to do something better in their life and it should be the job of the administration to give a platform to these dreams and the administration has fulfilled its responsibility well in Uttar Pradesh.
The chief minister also thanked voluntary organisations for their help and collaboration with the state authorities in this project. He stated that with these efforts, children will move forward with a new passion for their bright future.
At present, the Basic Education Council of Uttar Pradesh is providing uniforms, books, dresses, shoes and socks to every child enrolled in primary schools and there are 1.91 crore children enrolled in the government schools of the state. Along with this, the 102 children who were present at the program were linked to the Chief Minister’s Child Service Scheme in which they will get funds of Rs 2,500 per month.
The program was also addressed by Minister of Women Welfare, Child Development and Nutrition Baby Rani Maurya; Minister of State for Basic Education Sandeep Singh and Mayor of Lucknow Sushma Kharkwal.
Advisor to Chief Minister Avnish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary Basic Education Deepak Kumar, Principal Secretary Urban Development Amrit Abhijat, Divisional Commissioner Roshan Jacob, Director General Basic Education Vijay Kiran and other government officials were also present at the event.