Education Minister OP Soni, chairing the first district-level function of the Samarpan initiative, said, “It is a unique idea and we will like to replicate it in the whole Punjab.
“I will talk to the Deputy Commissioners of all districts of Punjab to come forward and take up projects like Samarpan so as to uplift the education standards with the help of community mobilisation and partnership. Projects like Samarpan are the need of the hour and we will ensure that similar projects are started in all districts,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal said, “Samarpan has about 17,000 members and Rs 60 lakh has been collected under the scheme. Initially desks will be provided to schools along with ROs, fans, green boards, first-aid boxes, etc, and later the focus will be on other requirements and advancements in schools.”
The Education Minister announced Rs 5 lakh from his funds for Samarpan and a matching grant by the government. He also asked the local MLA and state Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora to come forward for helping the initiative.
Naresh Agarwal and Satish Agarwal announced Rs 2 lakh each for Samarpan.