The Punjab Government has spent Rs 3.50 crore to give away bicycles to girl students in Ludhiana. Public works minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, on Sunday, said, under this scheme Rs 3,50,66,450 has been spent on providing bicycles to 13,001 girl students of Class 11 and 12 in 2011-12.
He said over 1.5 lakh girl students of Punjab are all set to ride on new bicycles with Punjab government finalising the plan to distribute these bicycles within three months.
The State Government has set aside Rs 47 crore for Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme under which all girl students of Government schools of Class 9 to 12 would be gifted bicycles by the Punjab Government.
Dhillon further added that the Punjab Government has already distributed over 1,11,049 bicycles to the girl students studying in Class 11 and 12 with the cost of Rs 30 crore last year. He said that Mai Bhaggo Viddya Scheme is the dream project of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
He said this project was envisaged specially to promote education among the girls and to diminish the rate of school dropouts among girl students.
The Minister said that this scheme has been successful as the school dropout rate among the girl child has considerably reduced. He said that the Punjab Government has decided to continue this scheme and the girls studying in Class 9 to 12 would be covered.