The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Wednesday distributed education kits among the students of its primary school.
The kits contained school bag, uniform, shoes and socks, pencil box, eraser, sharpener and exercise books.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said the civic board was committed to help people coming from economically challenged background.
“The students of primary schools look smart in school uniform and school bag. He said that it was the desire of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that development should reach every strata of social life.”
The children of the primary school were excited to receive the kits. Member mayor-in-council (health) Atin Ghosh, chairperson of KMC Mala Roy, member mayor-in-council (education) Abhijit Chatterjee, member, mayor-in-council (parks and squares) Debashis Kumar and member mayor-in-council (road) Ratan Dey were present at the function.
It may be recalled that Subhas Chandra Bose as the chief executive officer of KMC in the early 1920 had made the proposal to set up primary schools to the then Mayor Chittaranjan Das.
Bose’s proposal was that the civic authorities should give free primary education to children which he had seen in the boroughs in England.
Chittaranjan returned the file with a note that the civic authorities should provide amenities like sweeping of roads, providing drinking water, cleaning of drains and creating health awareness. However, providing education did not fall under its purview.
But Bose did not give up and finally as the Mayor he inaugurated free primary schools for children coming from economically backward families and KMC became the country’s first civic body
to provide free primary education.