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Jharkhand: State-owned hostels witness massive revamp across state

Ranchi, September 21: Deplorable living conditions in state-owned hostels for SC/ST, backward and minorities students are a thing of the past.

Following the directive of Chief Minister Hemant Soren to provide better living conditions to the people of the state, hostels are being renovated and equipped with modern facilities. Ever since the formation of the state, the hostels meant for Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minorities were due for renovation.

In all 234 hostels out of the said 593 have been renewed, revamped and renovated. This includes 42 Scheduled Tribe hostels, 96 hostels belonging to Scheduled Castes, 47 hostels meant for Backward Classes and 92 hostels for the Minorities.

Action plan is in place to complete the renovation work of 221 more such hostels in the upcoming two years. Renovation work of 139 hostels has been proposed for the financial year 2022-23, whereas 82 hostels have been proposed for renovation for the year 2023-24.

In stark contrast to earlier times, the hostels will now boast of modern-day infrastructure with gleaming floors, clean washrooms, rich libraries, vibrant walls and a seamless supply of water and electricity reflecting this change. Due to the efforts of this government, broken floors, rain water seepage, dilapidated doors and windows and worn-out wall paint have now become a thing of the past.

Following the instructions of the Chief Minister and minister of tribal welfare, Champai Soren, the renovation work of the hostels is being carried out with zeal, dedication and efficiency.

In addition to this, arrangements are being made for the appointment of security guards and cooks to cater to the overall needs of students staying at these hostels.

 At present, 90 security guards and cooks work at these hostels. Directive has been issued for appointments to be made at the earliest.

The Chief Minister has also announced that food grains and other grocery supplies will be provided to the students absolutely free of cost at the hostels. Earlier the hostelers had to bring their own groceries. This remarkable step shall be a major relief for students coming from the underprivileged sections of society and shall contribute to their better living.

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