The demand for relief in the wake of the central decision to hike the price of LPG cylinders is growing.
After state Congress,Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad (MRSP),a union of teachers,and MLC from teachers constituency Ramnath Mote approached Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday seeking subsidised LPG for government schools and ashramshalas.
MRSP claimed the hike had made LPG unaffordable for aided schools and ashramshalas across the state.
Due to the new policy of the central government,LPG has become unaffordable for government-aided schools,ashramshalas and student hostels that provide mid-day meals and free dietary supplements. Around 1.8 crore students will suffer. Hence,we demanded the schools,ashramshalas and hostels be provided cylinders at subsidised rates, said Mote. We requested CM to intervene before the schools,ashramshalas and hostels stop providing mid-day meals and dietary supplements to underprivileged students, he said.
MRSP claimed 12-15 cylinders were required every month for 400 students in ashramshalas and hostels across the state and demanded the ashramshalas and hostels be provided cylinders at old rates.
Even NGOs providing mid-day meals to schools are finding it difficult to cope with the price hike. The state government has already stopped non-salary grants to these schools and now this additional expense. Ultimately,students will suffer. We hope CM takes note and helps these schools, said Anil Bornare,president.