BENGALURU: It has been over two months into the current academic year, but some children in government schools are yet to get shoes and socks under the state government scheme. As per the data available from the Department of Public Instruction, of the 48,000-odd schools, the free shoes and socks are yet to reach over 2,500 (6 per cent) schools this year.
In Koppal and Raichur districts, only 72.78 per cent and 78.69 per cent schools respectively, have been supplied the shoes and socks. Last year too, the supply was delayed following which the government decided to put the scheme on hold. This year, the department started the process months before the beginning of the academic year to avoid any delays. “Initially, there was confusion over whom to give the responsibility of distribution of shoes and socks.
Finally, it was decided to do it through School Development and Management Committees (SDMCs),” said a official. According to officials, the government has released `128 crore for the project this academic year. Why the delay ? According to some SDMCs, they are yet to receive the amount yet and hence the delay. “We have to call for tenders.
We have not yet received the amount to process it and hence the supply of shoes and socks is delayed,” said an SDMC member of a schools in Bengaluru South. Department officials, however, said, “The amount has not reached the accounts of the SDMC members who gave wrong RTGS codes. The project is being monitored online and we are transferring funds online too,” said a senior official.