East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) is facing huge money and revenue losses. To get over with EDMC plans to rent out its school building to private coaching institutes.To gain some income, the cash-strapped East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has chosen to rent out its schools to private coaching foundations after the school hours.
Premises of just schools that work in morning hours – or the morning shifts – will be rented out, authorities said. The EDMC has turned out with a rundown of 200 such schools. The EDMC body is facing fund crises of about Rs 2,100 crore for the current financial year, this is a move so we are able to get recover with the losses as soon as possible.
The money related crises set off alarming emergency in EDMC late January when municipal staff, including teachers and doctors, avoided work and went on a strike due to non-payment of dues. EDMC was not in a situation to give salaries to their staffs.
Roughly 2.5 lakh students are studying in 380 EDMC schools, some of which have just a morning shift – from 7am to 12.30pm.
A greater part of them holds classes in evening slot – 1pm to 6.30pm – to compensate for the deficit in schools. Senior municipal leaders said the move would help the company battle the shortfall. Some changes in the rules will be set down to guarantee municipal school students gets the advantage of this move.
“There are numerous institutes that give coaching to students at different levels. They generally face a lack of space issues,” said Jitender Chaudhary, chairman, East Delhi standing committee.
A senior said that”There are numerous institutes that give coaching to students at different levels. They generally have space issues,” said Jitender Chaudhary, chairman, East Delhi standing committee.
It will be guaranteed free for municipal students who want to get enrolled in these coaching classes to get free coaching, he added. A senior said that we want maximum utilisation of space, EDMC would rent out classroom on an individual basis. We won’t rent entire school to one Institute.
“This would permit schools to have more than one customer. The east municipal body alone has more than 1,000 classrooms,” said the authority. We plan on setting out guidelines. We promise none of the school work will be affected by this plan. Coaching institutes will need to hire security guards, keep the premises clean and pay a penalty for harm to the building, furniture or whatever other school property.