Minister for School Education and Literacy Madhu Bangarappa said that a discussion will be held with the Chief Minister regarding the initiation of a free bicycle distribution program for students of government schools.
He was responding to a question on dot identification raised by Member Pradeep Eshwar in the Assembly.
“Earlier in the state, free bicycles were distributed in the year 2019-20. At present, bicycles are not distributed to the students of government schools. However, free bus pass is being distributed to the students of rural areas to attend school regularly to travel in government buses,” he said.
“Transportation allowance of Rs. 600 per student is being given for six months under the Centrally Sponsored Integrated Education Karnataka Yojana for traveling to schools beyond their reach,” he said.
“One pair of shoes and two pairs of socks are being given free of cost to the government school children studying in classes 1 to 10 in the state under Vidyavikas Yojana,” he said.
Construction of 9604 rooms for 7098 schools
“From 2020-21 to 2022-23, construction of 9,604 rooms for 7,098 schools and a total of Rs. 1,29,768.90 lakhs have been fixed, and Rs. 9,450.139 lakhs have been released and action has been taken,” Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa replied to member U.B. Bankar’s question.
“A deficit grant for the construction of these rooms has been arranged to be provided in the year 2023-24. Based on the availability of grants provided in the budget, necessary steps are being taken to construct rooms in schools across the state step by step as per the requirement,” he said.
Minister Madhu Bangarappa replied to the question of Moodigere MLA Nayana Motamma that “as per the recommendation of the 6th State Pay Commission, the giritana allowance has been canceled for all the government employees of the hilly areas, the question of giving giritana allowance to the teachers working in the hilly areas of Chikkamagaluru district does not arise for now.”