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Alappuzha district panchayat raps uniforms scheme

Alappuzha district panchayat raps uniforms scheme

TNN Jun 13, 2012, 02.39AM IST
ALAPPUZHA: The Alappuzha district panchayat has decided to protest against the state's move to distribute free school uniforms only to BPL, SC and ST students of the government schools.
District panchayat president Pratibha Hari said all the students, who are studying in government schools, are hailing from poor families. So free school uniforms should be given to all the students of the government schools without any categorisation.

"We have decided to submit a memorandum to chief minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday and will also meet the ministers concerned for taking a favourable decision,'' Pratibha said.
As per the new programme of the state, it will provide free school uniforms to all students belonging to SC, ST and BPL families in the age group of 6-14 years from this academic year onwards. This scheme has been fashioned for government schools only.
"As per the new scheme, 46,000 students of 200 government schools in the district will get free uniforms. However, 3,000 students of these schools will not get free school uniforms as they do not belong to SC, ST and BPL categories," she said.
"Nowadays, the people, who have an average income, are sending their children to English medium schools and the parents belonging to poor families, are sending their children to government schools.
"Many students and their parents have already approached the district panchayat for getting free uniforms. Most of them come under APL category due to the mistakes of government officials. So we decided to protest against the state government's decision,'' she said.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan district project officer U Suresh Kumar said the district panchayat president has already approached them for distributing free school uniforms for all the students.

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