The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sithraman presented the Union Budget 2023 in the Lok Sabha for the fifth consecutive time. The Union Budget highlighted inclusive development plans in the infrastructure, investment, education and other sectors. One such important announcement made by the Sitharaman for the education sector was the recruitment of 38,800 teachers in the Eklavya Schools. The Finance Minister announced that the recruitment process for the 38,800 teachers will be executed in the next three years for the 740 Eklavya Schools.
The Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was conceptualised in 1997-98. The main aim of the EMRS is to provide access to quality education to the children belonging to Scheduled Tribe who live in rural and far-flung areas.
The students in the EMRS are provided with high-quality education and all-around development to create more job opportunities for them. They are encouraged to take high and professional education and degrees to help them secure better employment opportunities.
Now, the Financial Minister has announced that Rs. 15000 cr will be made available in the next three years for the implementation of the scheme. The scheme focuses to improve the social-economic conductions of the Scheduled Tribes and provide basic facilities to the PBTG habitations through other PMPBTG Development missions launched in future as well.
To monitor the management of the EMRS effectively, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has proposed in 2021, a dedicated management information system (MIS) is being planned to have school-wise information related to the release of funds, their utilisation, the progress of construction, and other activities.
With the 38800 new recruitment in the Eklavya Schools, it is estimated that 3.5 lakh tribal students will be affected as it will boost the quality of education as well as overall development.