The official told PTI that the government will begin a pilot project in this regard in the upcoming academic year in 133 government run ashram schools.
Currently there are 500 government-run ashram schools in the state where almost 2.4 lakh students are enrolled. Every year the government allots contracts worth Rs. 700 crore to private firms to provide items of daily necessities to students studying in these schools. The items provided to students include text books, note books, school uniforms, pen-pencils, slate and also things like bathing soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, raincoats, blankets, coconut oil, etc.
The official said, "However, the government has now decided to pay the students by directly transferring money into their bank accounts so that they can buy their own stuff."
(With Inputs from PTI)
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