Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches Mission Suvidya to improve basic services in tribal shelters

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Ship in Patnaik It was launched on Wednesday with the aim of guaranteeing the quality in the use of basic facilities such as safe construction, functional bathrooms, drinking water, kitchen and adequate dining in shelters managed by the development department of SC/ST.

For the effective implementation of the mission, the department has signed two memoranda of understanding, one with the Quality Council of India (QCI) and another with the Akshara Foundation, at the secretariat in the presence of Naveen at the secretary of state.

“I am happy to launch Mission Suvidya, which aims to improve the qualitative change in accommodation facilities provided to students in SC/ST shelters. The mission has a maximum standard set to ensure and maintain quality in order to achieve ISO certification, said an official statement citing Naveen.

According to the MoU, the QCI will carry out a comprehensive evaluation and an evaluation of all of the department's shelters and help improve the standard and quality of these shelters to achieve the ISO certificate, official sources said.

Similarly, the Akshara Foundation, a well-known non-governmental organization that works in quality education, will collaborate with the department to improve student learning outcomes.

“The foundation has developed specific education programs for school-age children, the classroom/shelter library program and digital learning solutions. More than two Lakh students in the primary sections of the SC/ST department schools will benefit from the move in the first phase, ”said SC/ST state development minister Jagannath Saraka.

Around 5.7 lakh students studying in up to 6500. Mission Suvidya will provide a pleasant environment to all inmates in these shelters. The mission will ensure quality services in terms of safety, health, hygiene and food for prisoners, which will help them focus on studies.

In stating that the effort fits the objectives of the government's 5T initiative, Naveen said he hopes the measure will have a multiplier effect on the overall quality of education in the state.

The measure becomes important in view of the criticism faced by the state government over reports of teenage pregnancy in these tribal shelters. Official data in the department suggest that at least 17 cases of teenage pregnancy and 14 cases of mental harassment were reported in schools and shelters administered by the state development department SC/ST during 2009-18.

On the occasion, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) and Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation of limited (TDCCOL) to guarantee market links with various products produced by artisans and tribal entrepreneurs in the state.