Mnp minister for bringing sainik schools under MoD

Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 27 | Publish Date: 1/27/2020 12:24:01 PM IST

Manipur education minister Dr. Th Radheshyam is all set to start meeting chief ministers and education ministers of North East states to pressurise the defence ministry to bring all Sainik Schools under the ministry.

“I will start lobbying the chief ministers and education ministers of the region soon. I will be visiting Nagaland soon to start my campaign,” Dr. Radheshyam said on Monday.

During recent 22nd Board of Governors meeting of Sainik Schools chaired by Union minister of state for defence Shripad Naik, state education minister initiated a proposal urging the ministry to take over all the Sainik Schools to bring uniformity throughout the country and open more SSB interview centres, particularly for the north eastern region.

The minister said that he would start lobbying chief ministers and education ministers of the north east states to support to his recent proposal.

The minister claimed that his proposal received supports from almost all the members participated in the meeting held on January 10 last.

“I got the green signal for Union defence ministry considering the proposal positively. But it needed supports of other states. So I am going to start by campaign,” he said.

To begin his campaign, the state education minister said that he was planning to visit Nagaland to meet the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his counterpart education minister Temjen Imna Along.

The minister said that he was planning to visit the Nagaland by first week of February.

About his proposal, the education minister, who is an alumnus of Sainik School, Imphal, stated that there was no uniformity in the style of functioning, the structural design and scholarships for the cadets in all the Sainik Schools in the country. 

He added that the north east states of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam, which do not have much resources have unseen difficulties in managing the Sainik Schools. 

“I am of the view that the Sainik Schools should be completely managed by the Union defence ministry,” he said.

Justifying his proposal, Dr. Redheshyam said that there were 1,225 Kendriya Vidyalayas in India divided among twenty-five regions and three operated abroad as of December 2019 and approximately 598 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas as of 2015-16 academic year. 

“It is a view of many that the Union defence ministry can take over the existing Sainik Schools, which is just about 30 in number,” he added. 

He reminded that the primary objective of Sainik Schools was to groom young minds from all sections of the society to join the National Defence Academy. 

The education minister was talking to reporters at a function related to providing financial assistant to 14 cadets of NDA from Manipur currently undergoing training.


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