BANGALORE: A legislature committee has recommended that the government contribute Rs 100 per student to buy school uniforms, saying that the Rs 200 being spent by the Centre is inadequate.
According to a report submitted by the Legislature Committee on SC/ST Welfare, School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) are procuring “poor quality” cloth under the centrally sponsored free school uniform scheme.
The report was tabled in both the Houses of the State Legislature on Saturday.
The 19-member committee, headed by former minister P M Narendraswamy also recommended that the government should keep out the SDMCs in implementing the scheme. All SC/ST and girl students upto 8th standard in state-run and aided institutions benefit from the scheme, funded by the Centre through its Sarva Shikshana Abhiyana. The funds are now directly released to the SDMCs.
Officials have received several complaints about the quality of uniforms and in some cases penalties have been slapped on the suppliers, the committee said.
It also asked the state government to utilise the funds accumulated under the SCP/TSP scheme and take measures to supply another set of uniforms to students belonging to SC/STs by spending `300 each.
The committee noted that Education Department officials are utilising the funds meant for SC/ST students for purchase of furniture, teacher training and advertisements. “The SCP/TSP funds should not be diverted for other purposes,” the committee said.
There are one crore students studying from first to tenth standards and over 20.17 lakh of them belong to SC/ST communities.
Rs 300 needed per uniform and the Centre’s Rs 200 is not enough
Keep SDMCs out of the loop of the scheme
Funds meant for SC/SC students’ welfare should not be diverted