Maharashtra cabinet to provide 20 per cent grant to unaided schools

With Maharashtra government’s approval, the unaided schools in the state will receive 20 per cent grant while the schools which are already being provided with 20 per cent grant will receive 40 per cent

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Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday decided to provide grant worth ₹304 crore from April 1 this year to 4,623 primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in the state which are unaided and partially aided. These schools consist of 43,112 teaching and non-teaching staff. 

With Maharashtra government’s approval, the unaided schools in the state will receive 20 per cent grants while the schools which are already being provided with 20 per cent grant will receive 40 per cent. 

This comes after the teaching and non-teaching staff came out to protest across Maharashtra while pressing their demands. Teachers belonging to Maharashtra State (Permanent) Unaided School Kruti Samiti had gone on an indefinite strike since August 5 while the members of Maharashtra State Higher Secondary school have been protesting at Azad Maidan from August 13.

Earlier in November 2018, the Maharashtra government had assured to provide 20 per cent grants to unaided schools in a meeting carried out with the legislators. However, the government failed to implement the same. The recent agitation by the teachers ahead of the upcoming assembly elections forced the Devendra Fadnavis-led government to fulfil its promise.  

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Along with the grants worth ₹304 crore, the Maharashtra government will have to provide the benefits of the seventh pay commission which will add another ₹504 crore burden to the government’s treasury. 

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