Learning lessons from last year’s mistake, the Centre has in advance released funds for purchasing winter uniforms for students of Classes 1 to 8 of government schools.
The district Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) office received a grant of Rs 5.77 crore from the Centre in June which will help provide uniforms to 1,44,334 students. The SSA office transferred the respective amount to bank accounts of schools on July 1.
Each school will get Rs 400 per student for purchasing shoes, socks, belt, tie, shirt, pants, skirt, sweater and turban.
From the past two years the schools were receiving funds at the onset of winter season, but this time the Centre has send funds five months before the start of winter vacations. In 2013, the schools received funds to purchase uniforms in January, while in 2012, they received funds in October-end.
Out of 1,44,334 students, 82,901 are girls, 54,960 are Scheduled Caste (SC) boys and 6,473 are Below Poverty Line (BPL) boys. The SSA office has e-transferred the funds to the government schools and asked them to start purchasing uniforms so that they could be provided to students at the onset of winter season.
A principal of government school, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The funds are not enough as we have to provide uniform to all students. With escalating prices, it is impossible to purchase uniform in Rs 400. Last year also, we were not able to provide full uniform set to students.”
Another government school principal said, “If we have to provide full uniform set to students in Rs 400 than we have to compromise on quality or will ask for donations.”
When contacted, district education officer, elementary, Ram Bhushan said, “We have received the grant to provide school uniforms to students. The funds have been e-transferred in the respective accounts of all schools.”