Chhattisgarh gets Centre’s nod for World Bank funded school project

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The Chhattisgarh government has received in-principle approval from the Centre for a $300 million (approximately ₹2,100 crore) school education project, funded by the World Bank to the state government.

  • What is the proposal?

  • A World Bank team will visit Chhattisgarh later this month for the first phase of talks.

  • The discussion on this proposal started two months ago, and was then sent to the Centre after the approval of the state finance department.

  • The World Bank will lend the Chhattisgarh government $300 million over a five-year period at interest far below market rates and repay it over a period of 20 years.

  • After assessment by the World Bank team, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared, which will be placed before the World Bank Board and the Centre for final approval.

  • The DPR will also have a detailed plan of how the money will be spent.

  • What is an in-principle nod? 

  • This means that the Centre has no objection to the state borrowing from an external financial institution like the World Bank.

  • It is not a final nod, but it paves the way for the state to move forward with subsequent discussions.

  • Similarly, the World Bank has also given in-principle approval that it is ready to fund the project.

  • World Bank's association with India’s school education

  • The World Bank has been associated with India’s school education system since 1994.

  • The World Bank signed a $500 million Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) with India in 2021 to improve the quality and governance of school education in six Indian states.

  • However, Chhattisgarh is not included in that list.

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