To give schools more autonomy in purchase of uniforms, the state human resource development (HRD) department has decided to decentralise the procurement system from this year.
The state government has already allotted Rs157-crore funds under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for procurement of school uniforms.
It has also directed the 24 district education officers to ensure distribution of school uniforms among students by March 31.
The decentralised system is a shift from the earlier practice, where the department provided uniforms to all the schools. Now schools will have to purchase uniforms at their level. This gives the School Management Committees (SMCs) greater liberty to choose the quality and colour of uniforms.
Principal secretary of state HRD department Aradhna Patnaik said: “The SMCs have been given more authority and they can now choose the uniforms according to their preference.”
An amount of Rs400 per uniform has been fixed as of now, she informed. School committees have been advised not to exceed the amount, Patnaik said.
“Adequate funds have been allotted to all the schools separately on the basis of number of students enrolled in the school. The school management committees have been directed to deal with dress-suppliers so that quality clothes can be purchased at estimated cost,” BB Singh, district superintendent education (DSE), Dhanbad confirmed.