The Maharashtra government has
forwarded only five proposals for setting up hostels for OBC
students under a Central scheme which was announced in
2014-15, an OBC department official said today.
Interestingly, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra
Fadnavis had yesterday announced that the state government
would construct hostels for OBC students in 19 districts, and
funds will be made available for the purpose.
"The Central government had announced a scheme to set
up hostels for OBC students (boys and girls) in 2014-15. The
scheme was meant to benefit the students from economically
weaker background. The objective was that these students could
stay in these hostels at a district place and pursue better
education," the official said.
The OBC department is currently headed by the chief
As per the scheme, each hostel would accommodate 100
students. The hostel would get a grant of Rs three crore.
"Of the total cost of the construction, the Centre
would bear 60 per cent cost for boys hostels and 90 per cent
cost for girls' hostels. In both cases, the state government
is supposed to bear the rest of the expenditure," he
The official blamed unavailability of land for the
less number of proposals.
"Many districts in Maharashtra do not have suitable
land on which the hostels would be constructed. In some cases,
the available land is not suitable for setting up a hostel.
Despite some reviews taken in the last four years, there was
hardly any progress in finalising the land, as a result of
which most of the projects got stuck," he said.
Explaining the procedure, the official said the OBC
department is supposed to send proposals after receiving
reports from district collectors concerned on the availability
"We could sent only five proposals to the Centre. We
are sure that the proposals will be cleared in near future,"
he said, adding that the proposals have been sent for Nagpur,
Washim, Ahmednagar, Yavatmal and Buldhana districts.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)