Delhi Government Increases Cash Subsidy For Uniforms For School Children
The Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi, through an affidavit has informed the Delhi High Court that Delhi Government has increased the cash subsidy provided to students enrolled in government schools for purchase of uniforms for the academic session 2017-18. The affidavit was submitted by DoE, Delhi in response to the court's query in August, 2016. The court had asked the government about its policy for supply of writing material and uniforms for government school students in Delhi.
The DoE in the affidavit said that the cash provided to class 1 to 5 students for uniforms has been increased from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1100. For studnets in classes 6 to 8 the amount has been increased from Rs. 700 to Rs. 1400 and for students in classes 9 to 12, the amount has been increased to Rs. 1500 from Rs. 900.
According to reports in Press Trust of India, the affidavit was filed through advocate Anuj Aggarwal and the department in the affidavit said that the decision to increase cash subsidy was taken in the recent budget session by the Delhi Government. The affidavit also said that the amount would be transferred to the students' accounts.
The DoE said that this would decrease the delays involved in tendering processes and will make sure that there is transparency and there is no compromise with the quality of uniforms.
In case of stationery, the department said that it provides Rs. 300 to students form class 1 to 5 and Rs. 400 to students from class 6 to 8 for buying writing material. The students of class 8 are also provided an additional amount of Rs. 30 for purchase of geometry boxes. The affidavit also said that students from class 1 to 8 are provided with one free set of text books in all state managed schools.
The court had sought the policy in response to a plea which alleged that the Delhi government and north MCD had not fulfilled their duty under Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules to provide free text books, writing material and uniform. The matter is listed for hearing tomorrow.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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