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Free uniforms for ST/SC students

Free uniforms for ST/SC students

TNN Aug 15, 2012, 02.13AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced to extend free uniforms scheme to all Scheduled Tribe ( ST) and Scheduled Caste ( SC) students of class IX and X studying in schools run by ST/SC development department.
The Odisha Primary Education Authority ( OPEPA) is already distributing free uniforms to all girl students besides boys belonging to SC/ST and below poverty line (BPL) categories up to Class VIII. The cost of uniforms for Class IX and X will be given from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, a government release said.

The government hopes that the latest decision, benefitting around 42,000 students, will help increase school attendance and reduce dropouts. The latest sops for students community comes around two weeks after the government on July 31 announced to extend free bicycles scheme to all BPL Class X students in the state, which would benefit about 1.6 lakh students.
Earlier, the government was giving the benefit to girl students of Class X besides SC/ST students of scheduled areas, raising total number of beneficiaries of free cycles to 4.5 lakh students.

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