Odisha Current Affairs - 2019
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The East Coast Railway (ECoR) Zone headquartered in Bhubaneswar (Odisha) has emerged as largest Freight Loading Railway Zone the country in year 2015-16 in terms of revenue loading performance.
During 2015-16, the ECoR loaded 173.49 million tonnes of freight as compared to 161.91 during the 2014-15, registering a 7.1 per cent growth.
Similarly, the zone earned about 15978.28 crore rupees during the financial year 2015-16 which is 14.13 per cent more than the previous financial year.
Altogether, the ECoR carried 131.2 rakes loading per day from its jurisdiction in 2015-16 against 122.4 rakes per day in 2014-15. It mainly included coal, cement, iron ore, food grains, POL and other commodities.
About East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone
- The ECoR zone is one of the sixteen railway zones of Indian Railways that came into existence on 1 April 2003.
- As the name suggests, most of the railway routes of the zone are near the east coast of India.
- The geographical jurisdiction of ECoR zone extends over three states covering Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Odisha Government has launched Adarsh Vidyalaya (AV) project to provide modern schools facilities on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the underdeveloped rural areas of the state.
It was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Sasan Ambagaon village in his home constituency Hinjli in Ganjam district.
Key features of the project
- Schools under AV project will provide free education to students the classes from VI to XII along with free uniforms and other study materials.
- These schools will be affiliated under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and shall have hostel facility in future.
- Under this project, one Adarsh Vidyalaya will be set up in each of the 314 revenue blocks of the state.
- They will be managed by the Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya Sangathan (AVS) and will be formed on the lines of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
- In these schools, English will be the first language and Odia will be the second language as medium of instruction.
- The project will be implemented in phases and in the first phase 100 such schools will start functioning on 5 April 2016.
- The teacher-pupil ratio of these schools will be 1:25 and classroom-student ratio of 1:40. 50 per cent of total seats will be reserved for the girls and scheduled categories.