Students will get money via DBT for 2019-2020

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 30 September 2018

The letter signed by Rajesh Lande, Assistant Director (Government), Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad also states that the money will be transferred to the children’s AADHAR-linked bank accounts, which creates the possibility of a large number of students being left out.

PUNE: The distribution of school uniforms to primary school students directly through the school management committees was taken in June. The government seems to have back taken the decision. In a recently released letter by Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad, Mumbai (Government of Maharashtra initiative), it has been stated that the students will be receive money transferred through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) portal for the year 2019-20.

The letter signed by Rajesh Lande, Assistant Director (Government), Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad also states that the money will be transferred to the children’s AADHAR-linked bank accounts, which creates the possibility of a large number of students being left out. It also informs the local governing bodies to ensure that the students have 100 per cent linked bank accounts.

It was decided in a meeting conducted in June 26 2018 that the uniform scheme would be excluded from the DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer)  process, and students would directly receive their uniforms through the school management.

“For the DBT for uniforms to be successful, it is necessary that all students have bank accounts. This should be taken care of at the level of the respective zila parishad or municipal corporation, for the schools in their area. If any students are left out of this because of not having bank accounts, the local governing bodies will be held responsible for the same,” the letter reads.

Giving an explanation for the same, Vishal Solanki, State Education Commissioner said, “Only 2018-19 was excluded from the DBT process for uniform scheme. We are trying our best to see to it that even next year, uniforms should be given directly through schools, instead of the students being given money for the same, as we know that last year, around 15 lakh students were affected as they did not have bank accounts. However, as that decision is yet to be made, the letter has been issued so that at least most of the students get their bank accounts just in case there is DBT for uniforms next year. The letter has been released now so that the students do not have to open accounts in haste later.”

The State Education Commissioner also stated that opening bank accounts would not harm the children in any way and even if there is no DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer)  for uniforms, the accounts can still be used later for other benefits like scholarships.

It was decided in a meeting on June 26 that the uniform scheme would be excluded from the DBT process, and students would receive their uniforms through the school management.

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