Class 8 girl students in Jharkhand are to receive free bicycles, to check the dropout rates in government schools, mentioned state Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Hemlal Murmu on March 15, 2010, night while replying in the assembly on his department's budget for 2010-11. Earlier, free cycles were provided to girls of tribal and Dalit families.
The objective of this action is to support girls to study up to the secondary level. According to a state government report, the majority of girls in the state leave school after studying upto Class 5 or 6. The literacy rate in the state is 54 % against national average of 65 %. The women's literacy rate is below 40 %. Additionally, it was announced that 48,410 primary school teachers had been appointed for schools.