Four days after schools re-opened in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tabled a proposal for purchasing shoes and socks for municipal students on Thursday. The Rs 26-crore proposal was tabled before the standing committee of the civic body. The schools re-opened on June 15, Monday.
The proposal is a part of the 27 essential items like uniforms, notebooks and umbrellas to be supplied by the civic body before the schools re-open. According to the proposal, the civic body will be supplying a pair of black shoes and two pairs of white shoes to thousands of students in municipal schools.
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Corporators across parties lashed out at the administration for tabling the proposal at the last minute. This is the third proposal to have been brought in. In the first week of June, the BMC had tabled a proposal for supplying umbrellas, raincoats and notebooks followed by a proposal to supply stationary.
Ritu Tawde, education committee chairman and standing committee member, said, “The central purchase department of BMC had issued orders in September 2014 itself, but the proposal has been brought in June. The administration has delayed the process.”
Congress corporators also held a protest outside Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta’s office demanding quick supply of the items in the next few days.
SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissoner who presided over the meeting on Thursday, said, “We can assure the members that the items will be provided in the next 45 days. There was a delay from the central purchase department’s side last year. This will not be repeated again.”