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Directorate of Education woke up after rebuke from Delhi HC, books will be distributed in MCD schools from this date

Summer vacations have started in MCD schools from May 10 but all the children have not yet received the books for the current academic session. MCD has assured the Delhi High Court that the supply of books in schools will start from May 20. MCD deputy director, education Surendra Kumar Bhadauria presented the status report in compliance with the April 29 order, which was issued during the hearing on a petition by NGO Social Jurist. NGO’s lawyer Ashok Aggarwal told the court that the children have not yet received the books for the new session.

Books will reach the directorate by May 20
In the report, the corporation claimed that it has written a letter to ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ (SSA) asking it to provide the course books on time. The report said that on May 8, the Additional Director of MCD held a meeting with the Project Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. SSA promised that books will be supplied directly or to the centers of the Directorate of Education by May 20.

Books will have to be distributed at any cost by 31st May
According to the corporation, it sent books of class 1 and 2 to 486 schools by May 10. It will be sent to 1053 schools by May 20. There are 1539 schools where third class children have not received books. In 908 schools, children of class IV and V have received books, while books are expected to be supplied in 631 schools by May 20. The corporation admitted that summer holidays have fallen in its schools. Nevertheless, school heads have been instructed to call the children or their parents and distribute the books by May 31.

Money also sent for children’s uniform
Regarding study material, it was said that SCERT has distributed education material to the children. Regarding uniforms, the education officer of the corporation said that on May 6, MCD has released a fund of Rs 74,68,03,200 as subsidy at the rate of Rs 1100/- per child to its zonal unit. It also said that it is trying to open bank accounts for all the children studying in schools.

Those who do not have an account will have to open it by June 15 under all circumstances.
Money is being sent to these accounts opened under the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme. Lakshya asked to open the accounts of all the children by June 15 so that money can be sent to their accounts to buy uniforms. A fund of Rs 20,36,73,600 has been given to the zonal unit for notebooks and stationery at the rate of Rs 300/- per child.

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