BENGALURU: Over 14,000 students studying in Class 8 and accommodated in hostels run by the Social Welfare Department will get free bicycles from the current academic year.
Though the free bicycle scheme for high school students is already in place by the Department of Public Instruction, students receiving benefits from the Social Welfare Department were not covered under the scheme.
Considering the request of the Commissioner for Public Instruction seeking extension of the facility to students covered by the Social Welfare Department, the government gave its nod.
Consequently, 14,107 students who got admissions to Class 8 this year and staying in hostels run by the Department will get bicycles by December.
An order of the Department of Public Instruction on November 9 says that orders be placed for additional bicycles with companies as per tender norms.