Govt to cash transfer cost of uniforms to 15 lakh students amid lockdown

Govt to cash transfer cost of uniforms to 15 lakh students amid lockdown

Srinagar: With schools shut and distribution of government of India sponsored uniforms among students out of place due to the prevailing Covid-19 lockdown, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to credit the equivalent amount directly to the beneficiaries. Principal Secretary School Education Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon tweeted on Wednesday that under the prevailing lockdown, it was virtually impossible to stitch and distribute uniforms to 15 lakh students.

“Instead, the amount will be credited to the students through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT),” Samoon said. The uniforms are provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to elementary school student at the rate of Rs 300 per student. Samoon hoped that the department will provide stitched uniforms to students from next year provided the government of India raises the present unit cost of the uniforms.

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