Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced that the State Government will provide free uniforms to all students and also free bicycles to each class nine student in state-run schools across the state.
While addressing a state-level function on the occassion of Teacher’s Day, Patnaik said, “The government has decided to provide free school uniforms to all students. Earlier, students belong to BPL families were getting the facility. Now students of APL family will also get free uniforms.”
The chief minister also informed that the Government will distribute free bicycles to students of class nine that earlier were given only to the students of class 10.
Describing about the Government’s initiative to improve the quality of education in the state, he said that many measures have been taken in this regard such as abolishment of the block grant system and implementation of grant-in-aid system for teachers. About 40,000 school teachers will be benefited from the new system, he added.
During the function he presented a cheque of Rs. 25,000 each to 100 teachers besides a citation highlighting their outstanding contribution to the field of education.
“Teachers are the cornerstone of an empowered and enlightened society. On the occasion of Guru Divas, I thank them for their invaluable contribution towards nation building,” he said.