School heads finding tough to provide school uniform in Rs 400
Gurdaspur (Gourav Sally/ DP correspondent) – On the one hand, the state government focusing to uplift the primary education level in recent budget, but, on the other hand, the newly elected government failed to keep its part of the promise as this year again, the amount Rs 400 was released for complete uniform for each students in state owned schools . However, the school heads were feeling jittery as the amount of Rs 400 was insufficient to provide school uniform to the students. The states owned school had been receiving the same amount from the last six consecutive years but this time, due to implementation of GST, the rates of raw materials had increased 10 to 20 percent, making tough for school heads to buy six items including Pant, shirt, Sweater, shoes, socks, cap/ Patka to male student and salwar kameez, dupatta, shoes, socks, sweater to girls.Meanwhile, the state government has also released the specification of materials, being bought by the school head which, at least need Rs 1000, claimed the school teacher of Hoshiarpur district, who did not want to reveal its identity. Whereas the instruction revealed that the sweater and cap should be made of Cashimo, the shirt and pant should be made of 33 percent cotton and 67 percent polyester, making tough for schools head to buy all the items at given rate.Meanwhile, Tejinder Singh Madra , Block President, Elementary Teacher union said that it is impossible to ensure quality in just Rs 400. We have no option but to compromise on quality, he added. It was pertinent to mention here that around 20 lacs students of state govt schools have been got benefits of free uniforms under Sarv Shikhya Abhiyan scheme from the past six years.However, the former Punjab Education minister Sikander Singh Maluka also agreed that the amount was not enough and his government had sent the proposal to government of India to increase the amount so that quality would be maintained. Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister, Aruna Choudhary was not available for comment despite several attempts.
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