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In three years, Rs39,606 lakh released for school buildings


A sum of Rs 39,606.13 lakh has been released to all districts for the construction of schools buildings under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in the last three years.The state has as many as 3,039 government-run schools, including 2,457 primary and 582 middle, running from private rented buildings.An amount of Rs 10,323.70 lakh was sanctioned in 2014-15, Rs 22,930.42 lakh in 2015-16 and Rs 6,352.01 lakh in the financial year 2016-17.Of the total 13,175 government-run primary schools in Jammu and Kashmir, 8,687 have their own buildings while the remaining are functioning from rented buildings. Similarly, of the total 8,140 middle schools, 582 schools do not have their own building.Rajouri district of the Jammu division, which tops the list with 212 primary schools functioning from rented buildings, received Rs 671.23 lakh for 2016-17, Rs 1,569.49 lakh for 2015-16 and Rs 1,029 lakh for 2014-15.Kishtwar district, where 142 government primary schools do not have their own buildings, received Rs 77.03 lakh in 2016-17to construct the schools buildings. The district also received funds tothe tune of Rs 544.31 lakh for 2014-15 and 1,200.27 lakh for 2015-16.Other districts of the Jammu division where primary schools are running from rented buildings include Kathua (91), Doda (81), Jammu (46), Poonch (64), Ramban (126), Reasi (101), Samba (14) and Udhampur (5).In the Kashmir division, about 355 government-run schools in Budgam district are functioning from rented buildings, followed by Bandipora (248), Baramulla (241), Kupwara (246), Pulwama (119), Anantnag (83), Ganderbal (32), Kargil (37), Kulgam (54), Shopian (192) and Srinagar (28).Meanwhile, two schools are functioning from rented buildings in the Leh Ladakh region.