Pune: The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) has taken a unique initiative without any gender bias, this time extended privileges to boys too instead of only girls.
The KCB had announced at the board meeting held on Monday that 30 girls of Class 10 from all KCB-run schools will be given a bicycle this year. Elected board members, however, insisted that even the boys should be given such privileges.
President of KCB, Brig Dhiraj Mohan and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KCB, Amol Jagtap agreed and stated that a cut-off of 80 percent should be set for the boys. Around 25 boys will benefit from this scheme.
“There are many students both boys and girls who come to school covering a distance of 2-3 km. The initiative to give cycles to girls is good but it should be extended to boys as well,” said Suresh Kamble, a member of KCB.
“The boys who have secured a minimum of 80 per cent in Std IX can be awarded a bicycle. 25 boys from the three cantonment-run schools, Lal Bahadur Shashtri High School, Lokmanya Tilak High School and Dr Zakir Hussain Urdu High School and Junior College will get this benefit. This scheme can be released from this year,” said Mohan.
Girls who reside at distance of minimum 2 km from school and with a minimum passing percentage of 75 per cent and 90 per cent attendance in the previous academic year will receive bicycles.