NEW DELHI, November 24 (agencies): Government today decided to relax the norms for setting up six additional upper primary residential schools for girls belonging to predominantly SC, ST, OBC and minority communities in Manipur.
The Union cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the proposal for relaxation of the norms for sanctioning six additional Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas one each in the districts of Bishnupur, Imphal (East), Imphal (West), Senapati, Thoubal and Ukhrul in Manipur.
Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya are residential schools at the upper primary level for girls belonging to predominantly SC, ST, OBC and minority communities in educationally backward blocks with rural female literacy lower than the national average.
In Manipur, KGBVs are operational in Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Chandel districts.
The cabinet decision paves way for all the nine districts of Manipur to have KGBVs which will provide residential educational facilities in the difficult terrain of Manipur thereby increasing access to education for girls in the remote areas of the State.