Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has again decided to change the school uniforms of PMC-run schools from this academic year and is going back to the uniform used around a year ago.
This is the second change in uniforms within a year, as the corporation had changed the uniform last year too, navy blue half pants and yellow half shirts with navy blue strips. The reason cited by the civic body for switching back to the old pattern of khaki half pant and white half shirt is that it’s easy available in the market.
Reason for change last year
As per State government directives, the PMC implemented Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) last year to alleviate middle-men and corruption, ensuring timely delivery of school items. It had given electronic DBT cards - similar to ATM cards - to parents for a period of five years, and special swipe machines to appointed distributors or shopkeepers stocking school supplies, where parents can swipe the card and pay for purchases.
However, PMC received complaints of substandard and old uniforms, which is why the uniform was changed to Navy Blue-Yellow combination to give fresh and good quality uniforms. In spite of that, students got their uniforms after August 15.
Reason this year
Now, the Standing Committee has taken a decision to distribute uniforms before school starts in June. Committee Chairman Yogesh Mulik asked the Store Department to give a plan so that students will get uniforms and other material before starting of the new academic year.
Tushar Daundkar, Head of PMC’s Store Department, said, “We will deposit money to students’ bank accounts so that the parents can purchase uniforms and other materials from any education shops.”
Marathi Medium schools: 225
English Medium schools: 50
Urdu Medium schools: 34
Kannada Medium Schools: 2
Students in PMC-run schools: 1.04 lakh (59,000 boys)
Teaching staff: 2,500
Non-teaching staff: 1,000
Money spent by PMC per student: Rs 35,000
Total budget of school board: Rs 350 crore