Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to directly deposit money in the accounts of students to facilitate them to buy uniforms and stationery. The amount will be deposited in the accounts of students studying in schools run by the corporation. However, out of one lakh students, only 62,000 have bank accounts.
The Education Board runs 309 schools, out of which 225 are Marathi medium, 34 Urdu medium, 2 Kannada medium and 50 English medium schools. The PMC School Board has 1.03 lakh students and the PMC has set aside Rs 300 crore as education budget.
On Tuesday, the Standing Committee gave its approval to the administration to disburse the amounts to students to buy uniforms and stationery. As per the State government’s directive, the PMC should use Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) technique to transfer amount to students’ accounts. Earlier, the PMC used to call for tenders for supply of school uniforms and stationery. The system was time taking and there were allegations of corruption.
From last one year, the PMC is transferring the amount to students’ bank accounts. The PMC started to open bank accounts of school students. Till date, only 65,000 student have bank accounts.
Yogesh Mulik, Chairman of Standing Committee said, “We have given order to transfer money to students’ accounts. The process will start from June 12 and will be completed by June 15, 2018. For those students who do not have accounts, we will transfer money to their parents’ accounts.”
Tushar Daundkar, Deputy Commissioner, Store Department of the PMC said, “Most parents have their own bank accounts. We will take details of accounts and transfer money there. The minimum amount will be Rs 2,100 for nursery and maximum Rs 5,000 per secondary school student.”