Hyderabad, July 26 (NSS): The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pithani Satyanarayana, on Tuesday condemned the media reports that the State government was closing down the welfare hostels which have less than 100 students.

Speaking at the media point in the Secretariat, Mr Satyanarayana said the Integrated Hostels concept of the government aimed at providing all facilities and infrastructure at the students’ hostels. As a part of the concept, the welfare hostels having less than 100 students have been merged, but not a single hostel has been closed in the State. The State government was striving for development of the welfare hostels and never decided to close a single hostel. Merger of hostels having less strength would ensure better facilities to the students at integrated hostels, which would commence from this academic year, he added.

       Stating that 4,900 students’ hostels were running under various departments in the State, the Minister said setting up of 120 integrated hostels was under active examination of the government. Arrangements were completed for setting up 70 integrated hostels so far, he added.  Since last five years, 1,500 hostels were running with fewer than 100 students that caused administration expenditure more than  students maintenance, he felt. The merger of hostels running in rented buildings would also save money, he added.

      The minister opined that merger of SC hostels with less than 50 students into BC welfare or Social Welfare hostels would give good results. (NSS)


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