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Tribal Education Scheme 'ANWESHA' Caste-Based

Bhubaneswar: Jan 11; Terming the Anwesha scheme, under which poor tribal students would be admitted at elite English medium schools for quality education, as anti-Odia, the India against Reservation, a forum fighting for equality, on Sunday alleged that the scheme is caste-based.

The forum in association with the Youth for Equality staged a dharna at the Lower PMG here protesting the scheme.

Under the scheme, the State Government would bear all expenses of tribal children for their education in English medium schools every year. This caste-based move of the Government would decline use of Odia language, said India against Reservation president Arun Panda. Besides, the Government would bear the expense from the State exchequer, which is not acceptable, he said.

Members of the organisations joined the protest and discussed on various drawbacks of caste reservation ensured in the Indian Constitution and its adverse impact on the general people."We will continue and intensify our agitation until and unless the Government withdraws the Anwesha scheme," Panda added.

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