Two New Kendriya Vidyalayas To Come Up in Odisha

The Mahanadi Coal Field (MCL) will be setting up two new Kendriya Vidyalayas in Odisha – one at Basundhara in the Sundargarh district and the other at Talcher Coalfields in Angul. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi for the approval of the MCL board.

Joshi confirmed this information via a letter he wrote to minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Pradhan had urged Joshi in September last year to set up Kendriya Vidyalayas in these regions for the benefit of the children of these districts.

Previously, Sundargarh MP Jual Oram, Dhenkanal MP Mahesh Sahoo, and Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari had written letters to Pradhan seeking the establishment of three MCL-sponsored KVs in Sundargarh, Angul, and Jharsuguda districts. It was a big matter of concern that the total enrolment ratio at the primary education level of the three districts is below the national average.

In his letter to Joshi, the petroleum minister had stated that MCL’s widespread occupancy in the mining and industrial regions of Odisha is appreciated by the people of the state. “It would be most apt of MCL to extend its management prowess in undertaking welfare activities for people living around its operational areas. I understand that there is an existing provision for the establishment of KVs funded by central public sector enterprises like MCL,” he had written in the letter.

On September 20 last year, Pradhan had urged Joshi to set up KVs in the three districts for the interest of the residents. Before this, on April 22, Joshi had posted a letter to Pradhan regarding the same issue.

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