Uniforms’ subsidy to be credited directly to the bank accounts of parents

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Punjab Government has announced that the cash subsidy provided to students enrolled in government schools for purchase of uniforms would be credited directly into their bank accounts.

Making the announcement on Friday, Punjab Education Minister O P Soni said that the decision would help the parents of students to purchase the uniforms as per their own choice.

While answering to a question asked about the complaints being received with regard to the discrepancies in implementation of mid-day meal scheme at state-run schools, the minister said that the government is trying to do away with the contract system and also making efforts to address all issues.

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The education minister has made the announcement at a function organised by the state’s education department under the “Ghar Ghar Rozgar” initiative of the Punjab Government.

The initiative is started by the Government to provide Punjab youths with jobs, skill training, education and job related counseling, self assessment tools, and assistance in studies to foreign countries.

Under this initiative, the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar conducted an examination in December 2017 to recruit 3,582 master cadre teachers. During the function, around 2,022 candidates were given job offer letters.a

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