UP Secondary Education Board will propose to the state government to provide free school bag and uniform scheme benefits only to poor students studying in Government run schools. According to the proposal, only a family whose income is less than Rs. 56,460 per annum should be entitled for the benefits of this scheme under which government provides free school bags, uniform, and textbooks and other benefits.
According to the UP education board’s proposal, Rs. 56,460 slab is for the urban areas while families in rural areas earning less than or equal to Rs 46,080 per annum would be entitled to scheme benefits. The families would come under the Below Poverty Line category of the society. The children from these families who are studying in government run schools would qualify to get free school bags, uniform, textbooks and shoes under the scheme.
The state government would enlist the beneficiaries of the scheme once the definition of “Poor” is finalized. The total budget of the scheme would then decide whether to provide scheme benefits only to kids in government run schools or include kids studying in government aided schools.
The state government has for the first time has announced the scheme to distribute textbooks, bags, uniforms, and shoes free to students studying in government-run secondary schools. The earlier scheme was limited for the students from class 1st to 8th only. As per the estimates, there are about 4.48 lakh students in government schools across the state while 40.06 lakh students are studying in government aided schools.
In case the government provide scheme benefits only to government school students, the total cost would be Rs. 114 crore subject to expenditure of Rs. 2,558 per child to meet the expenses incurred for books, uniforms, shoes and books. If the government decides to extend the scheme to govrnment-aided schools, the cost would spike to Rs 1,024 crore.
Entire expense of the scheme would be borne by the state government since there is no such scheme being run by the central government. The UP State Government will start purchase process of school bags, uniform, shoes and books after working out the actual figures.