Bhubaneswar: Dec 22;The state government will now bear the cost of educating around 5,000 tribal children at English-medium schools every year.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Anwesha scheme on the inaugural day of Sargi Ful, an annual science and cultural fest for SC and ST students, at Adivasi Ground. The government will sponsor the kids' Class I-XII education under this scheme.
"The scheme aims at a holistic development of the tribal kids. The government would ensure that the students not only receive education in English, but also hone their extracurricular skills and thereby increasing their employment potential in the future," said Naveen.
"We always wanted to study in good schools. But we neither got the chance and nor could we afford it. I am extremely happy that brothers and sisters from my community can receive quality education," said Sumani Mahananda, a participant from Malkangiri.