Yogi Government sets out to give free stationery to school children

A provision of Rs 166 crore has been made in this regard in the budget

Lucknow: In another effort to encourage more and more children to attain education, the Yogi government will now provide funds for the stationery items also along with the uniforms to the children studying in the schools of basic education. For this, Rs 100 per student will be given through DBT in this academic session. The proposal of the Basic Education Department has been passed by the UP cabinet to increase the amount to Rs 1200 which was earlier Rs 1100.

Till now, the state government used to give Rs 600 for two pairs of uniforms, Rs 175 for school bags, Rs 125 for shoes and socks, and Rs 200 for sweaters every year. This amount was transferred to the accounts of the parents through DBT. After the approval of this proposal in the cabinet, over 1.91 crore students of the state will get the benefit.

With this additional fund of Rs 100, the students will be able to purchase 4 notebooks, two each pens, pencils, erasers and  sharpeners. Under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, in the budget 2022-23, the government has made a provision of Ra 166 crores for stationery. Apart from this, in the budget 2022-23, the government has made a provision of about 2200 crores for the uniform, shoes, socks and sweaters of the students.

Target to benefit 2 crore students

At present, there is a provision to give free uniforms to the students of classes 1 to 8 by the central and state governments I  addition to shoes, socks, sweaters and school bags free of cost by the state government. In the academic year 2021-2022, the amount for uniforms, sweaters, shoes-stockings, school bags for students (from classes 1-8) was sent directly to the parents through PFMS. The number of students who benefited through DBT in the academic year 2021-2022 was 1,56,28,121. The target is to benefit 2 crore students in the academic year 2022-2023.

At the same time, a transparent system will be established with the transfer of funds through DBT. Through the provision of all the facilities to the children in the schools, the environment of learning will also be improved.

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