As ministry chokes funding, students of Govt schools deprived of free uniforms

The students of government schools have not been provided free uniforms they are entitled to for the past three years because the union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has not released funds for the same.
As ministry chokes funding, students of Govt schools deprived of free uniforms
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The students of government schools have not been provided free uniforms they are entitled to for the past three years because the union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has not released funds for the same.

Under the centrally sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the MHRD deposits Rs 400 each into the bank accounts of students of up to class 8 in other states of India. The parents then purchase uniforms for them.

In J&K, however, the money is released to zonal educational offices from the SSA directorate and the students are provided uniforms by their schools.

An education official said the parents have been asking why uniforms are not being provided to their children. 

"Parents are under the impression that a school teacher is the final authority to distribute uniforms but this is not the case," he said.

In Srinagar district, the department had sought Rs 1.06 crore from the State Project Director (SPD) SSA this year for purchase of students' uniforms, but nothing has been released yet, although the MHRD itself had emphasised on providing uniforms to students at the earliest at a meeting of the Project Approval Board in March this year.

Saughat Biswas, SPD SSA said, "We are hopeful of distributing uniforms among the students."

"It won't matter for us if the academic session started three months ago. This uniform is dress entitlement which can be given to students at any time during the session."

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