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PM Modi questions the logic behind ashram schools in tribal areas

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has questioned the tribal ministry regarding the utility and logic behind running expensive ashram residential schools in tribal area.

Photo Credit: www.indiantribalheritage.org
Photo Credit: www.indiantribalheritage.org

The ashram schools were started for tribal children in 1990-91as a residential schools in remote tribal dominated villages for increasing the literacy rate among the tribals.

The union government has been bearing the costs incurred in the construction of ashram schools whereas the state governments manages the day-today affairs of the school.

The Times of India report quotes a government official as saying: “”The Prime Minister pointed out that with increasing and improving road connectivity why the parents would want to send their child to a school which is far away from home. They would much rather keep the child home and send to a nearby school.”

Modi also questioned the utility of residential schools when parents usually prefer to keep children at home and wish to send them to nearby schools. The Prime Minister’s Office further requested clarification regarding the utility in the light of a recent survey result that showed an average of two schools in tribal dominated villages. The issue of gross mismanagement in many of the ashram schools was also raised by the PM.

The concerns raised by the PM has triggered a discussion within the government and there is a possibility of re-framing the whole scheme.

The tribal ministry has sought feedback from the state governments regarding the functioning and condition of the ashram schools in their states.

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To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs

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Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs.

In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads — six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.

China generated the second largest amount of downloads with 45.5 million, or 7.4 percent, while the US is No 3 with 37.6 million installs, or about 6 per cent, this year.

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The figure does not include installs from third-party Android stores in the country, said Sensor Tower.

TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million.

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Facebook is fourth with 587 million downloads and Instagram at fifth spot with 376.2 million.

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs. (IANS)