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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