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Breakfast scheme to continue despite cash crunch

Evening milk and biscuits temporarily discontinued; government assures that SSLC, HSC board examination fees would be paid.

Published: 29th January 2013 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th January 2013 10:52 AM   |  A+A-

Rangasamy

Chief Minister N Rangasamy assured continuation of the Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme in the morning while the evening programme was under review. Besides, the examination fee for students of SSLC and HSC appearing in public examination would be remitted by the government, he said speaking at a government function held to launch the weekly iron and folic aid supplement for adolescent school students.

He said that the evening milk and biscuit did not have good response from students, as 50 per cent of the students were going home without consuming it. Though it is temporarily discontinued, it was under consideration.

However, the pending dues for the milk and biscuits supplied still remain unpaid. At the same time the Chief Minister has not clarified when the finance would be provided to the department of education for the same.

Similarly, the Education Department is yet to get the finance for examination fee and textbooks. According to education department, the financial implication is `47.45 lakh for remitting the fees, which includes `32.18 lakh for HSC students and  `15.27 lakh for SSLC students.  In spite of the practical examination for science stream students beginning on February 4, the fee is yet to be remitted. On the other hand, the text books for the third term are required for 64,000 students from class I to VIII, for which `69 lakh has to be remitted.



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