Telangana Govt Hikes Diet Charges For Welfare Hostel Students By 25%

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The K. Chandrashekar Rao led Telangana Government announced hike in diet charges for welfare hostel.

On the 2nd of March, Thursday, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Government proposed for a 25% hike in diet charges, benefiting 8.59 lakh students in 3,214 welfare hostels.  

The Cabinet sub committee on diet charges has submitted the proposal to Chief Minister Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao, who would approve the proposal.

After proposal, the welfare hostels would impose the new revised diet charges.  Wit this, an additional burden of Rs. 275 crores per annum on the State treasury. 

The proposed diet charges for students of Classes 3-7 are Rs.1,200, students of Classes 8-10 are Rs.1,400 and students of intermediate to postgraduation are Rs.1,875 every month as against the existing diet charges of Rs.950, Rs.1,100 and Rs.1,500 respectively.

After the implementation of the revised rates, Telangana would have the highest diet charges compared to other States like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and even Karnataka.  In addition, the State Government is supplying 14,514 tonnes of fortified rice i.e., 15 kg per student every month with an annual expenditure of Rs.560 crore to ensure nutritious food in welfare hostels. The State government has been spending around Rs.12,646 crore every year towards diet charges in welfare hostels.

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