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Students wait for uniforms as MCD sit on money

Students wait for uniforms as MCD sit on money
The lackadaisical approach of the three municipal corporations of Delhi – North, East and South – has spilled over in providing money for winter uniforms to around 10 lakh poor children, studying in primary schools.

‘I don’t have a woollen uniform for my youngest daughter so I have asked her to stay home till I can arrange for some money. My elder daughter is going to school in an old, torn uniform,’ said Rajni, a resident of  Kalyanpuri area of east Delhi. Rajni’s elder dauther studies in Class III and the younger in Class I, in a nearby primary school of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

‘It has been over a month since winter struck in the city but the corporation is yet to provide money for winter uniforms to students.

Some students are too poor to afford winter clothes and are missing classes in want of warm clothes. There has been a drastic fall in the attendance in schools,’ said prinicipal of a a primary schoo, requesting anonymity.

‘We have no option but to allow students without  uniforms,’ he added.

EDMC runs around 390 schools with over 2.42 lakh students. According to the prinicipals and officers of the Education department, the money for winter uniforms should be distributed among students in October and November, before winter decends in Delhi.  The municipal corporations give Rs 500 to each student to purchase the uniform.

When asked, chairman of the education committee in EDMC accepted the delay and assured that the process will be completed by 17 December.

‘The approval of the House for the project is still awaited. We are planning to take anticipatory approval of the mayor to start distribution of the money. We will surely start the distribution from 17 December,’ said Harshdeep Malhotra, chairman of education committee in EDMC.

The situation is same in North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). The  the chairperson of the education committee in NDMC, Rekha Gupta, however, blamed the delay caused due to the trifurcation of the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

‘There is some delay in distribution of money for winter uniforms due to trifurcation of the MCD. We will try to start the distribution at the earliest,’ said Gupta. NDMC has maximum – 762 – primary schools.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started distribution of the money in its area. ‘We will summon the status report on Monday.

As per our records, the money has been sent to prinicipals of all the primary schools and it has been distributed in West and Central zones.

The distribution is relatively late in South and Najafgarh zones,’ said Satish Upadhayay, chairman of education committee in SDMC. The corporation has over 582 primary schools with over 3.5 lakh students.

According to senior officers, the three municipal corporations could also not purchase the 75,000 desks planned before winter and students are forced to sit on floors.

‘This is mockery of poor students and the corporations are sitting on ther legal rights of poor students. We will certainly raise the issue in the meeting of the House of NDMC on Monday,’ said Mukesh Goel, Leader of Opposition in NDMC.
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