Cabinet OK’s subsidy to Govt school students for study materials

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Cabinet OK’s subsidy to Govt school students for study materials

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Cabinet has approved the financial transactions related to some key initiatives, including financial aid, in the form of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the Government and aided school students for textbooks and writing material.

Besides, funds have been allocated to Delhi Bureau of Textbooks ( DBT) to publish and distribute support materials, student diaries, workbooks, material related to Happiness Curriculum, mental Maths, etc.

The Cabinet headed by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also approved the setting up of Project Management Unit (PMU) to examine the fee hike proposal by private schools on government land for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20. The Delhi Cabinet approved the aforementioned measures in its latest meeting.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Government wants to limit the disruption caused to the education of children as much as possible.

“Through financial assistance, we hope all our children will be able to purchase study material and textbooks and be connected with their studies. Despite financial constraints, we will do everything we can from our side for our children so their studies are not affected,” he said.

Annually, the Directorate of Education of the Delhi Government provides textbooks and cash through DBT to school students of government and aided schools to classes 1 to class 8 and cash subsidy to students of classes 9 to 12.

The Delhi Government has approved Rs 64.37 crore for incurring expenditure towards disbursement of cash subsidy for the students of government and aided schools this year.

Besides, under the Delhi Government’s scheme ‘Free Supply of Textbook supplies and Material 2020-2021’, an additional recurring expenditure of Rs.30.05 crore has been allocated. Under this provision, supply of allied material, workbooks, mental maths material, teacher diaries including nursery and KG textbooks to the government and aided schools will be made by Delhi Bureau of Text books (DBTB).

In addition to these financial schemes, the Cabinet approved two NICSI empanelled firms to set up PMU with reputed chartered accountants to examine fee hike proposals of private recognized unaided schools on government land in Delhi. This will enable faster disposal of the proposal for fee hike submitted by the schools for the session 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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