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BMC yet to keep its promise of providing uniforms to all students

The civic body had set aside Rs 175 crore for distributing essential items among school children

Written by ABDULLAH NURULLAH | Mumbai |
September 25, 2013 1:56:03 am

Three months have passed since the civic schools reopened after summer vacation. However,BMC is yet to fulfil its promise of supplying school uniforms to all the students of municipal schools. The civic body said the delay in delivering school uniforms was because the contractor delivered uniforms,all of which were fit-all size.

School uniforms are among the 27 items that the BMC promised for all students of municipal schools. So far,BMC has provided school uniforms to only one-third of its 4.3 lakh students.

More than 30 per cent civic school students are yet to receive umbrellas and raincoats. Also notebooks have been distributed to only 73 per cent of the schoolchildren. According to a corporator,many are yet to receive notebooks as they have to be printed with watermark of the BMC logo.

The civic administration had set aside Rs 175 crore for the 27 items,which include essentials like pencil box,schoolbags,shoes and textbooks.

MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande said,“Only 50 per cent of the schools have received all of the 27 items listed. Seven contractors who were chosen to deliver the items have failed. These contractors causing delay were black-listed last year. However,they still continue to hold the contract.”

Last year,contractors responsible for the delay in delivering the items were fined Rs 2.75 crore. Education Committee chairperson Manoj Kotak said,“The fine amount this year has exceeded 2.75 crore. Most of the schools have been provided with the 27 items with some exceptions caused due to delay by the contractors.”

According to the data released by BMC,88.2 per cent school children received shoes and socks.

The schools which have been neglected by BMC are the municipal schools in K east ward (Andheri east,Jogeshwari east),K west ward (Andheri west,Jogeshwari west) and L ward (Kurla,Chandivali).

“The products supplied by the contractor is of inferior quality. This year,to speed up the distribution process,the BMC gave away discarded items that were lying unused from last year,” said Dr Saida Khan,NCP corporator from L ward.

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