Cash subsidy to ensure no loss of learning for government and aided school students
The Delhi Cabinet has approved over Rs 64 crore for disbursement of cash subsidy to about 11 lakh students of the Delhi government and aided schools for their textbooks and writing material.
Funds have also been allocated to the Delhi Bureau of Textbooks to publish and distribute support materials, student diaries, workbooks, material related to happiness curriculum and mental maths.
"The Delhi government has approved Rs 64.37 crore for incurring expenditure towards disbursement of cash subsidy for the students of government and aided schools. In addition to that, the Cabinet also approved the setting up of a Project Management Unit to examine the fee hike proposal by private schools on government land for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20," the official statement said.
Explaining why the cash subsidy was being given, deputy chief minister and education minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, told the media that in such a difficult time because of the pandemic, the government wants to limit the disruption caused to education of children as much as possible.
"Through financial assistance, we hope all our children will be able to purchase study material and textbooks and be connected with their studies. Despite financial constraints, we will do everything we can from our side for our children so their studies are not affected," he was quoted as saying.
The Delhi government's directorate of education annually provides textbooks and cash through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to school students of government and aided schools in classes one to eight and cash subsidy to students of classes IX to XII.
Under the 'Free Supply of Textbook supplies and Material 2020-2021', an additional recurring expenditure of Rs 30.05 crore has also been allocated.
"In addition to these financial schemes, the Cabinet approved two NICSI empanelled firms to set up PMU with reputed Chartered Accountants to examine fee hike proposals of private recognised unaided schools on government land in Delhi. This will enable faster disposal of the proposal for fee hike submitted by the schools for the session 2018-19 and 2019-20," the statement said.
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