Odisha To Provide Free Uniforms To Students Of Classes 9 And 10 Of Govt Schools
The 'Mukhymantri Chhatra Chatri Paridhan Yojana' initiated by the Odisha government will now offer free uniforms to students in classes 9 and 10 attending state-run and aided schools. An official recently announced that previously, only students up to class 8 were eligible for free uniforms. Under this scheme, each student will receive two sets of uniforms, a pair of shoes, two pairs of socks, a T-shirt, a track pant, and a cap. The distribution of the uniforms will commence on July 15, as stated by the official.
However, there have been some modifications to the dress code. Boys will now wear checkered white shirts and hunter green pants, while girls will don white salwar, green jackets, and kurta. The new uniforms will bear the logo 'Ame Gadhibu Nua Odisha' (We Will Build New Odisha). Additionally, all students will be required to wear T-shirts, track pants, and caps on Saturdays, according to the official. The school and mass education departments, along with the Mission Shakti department, have issued letters concerning this matter. The Directorate of Secondary Education has also provided guidelines for the procurement and distribution of uniforms.
Funding for the uniforms, valued at Rs 1,000 per set, will be allocated from the state plan, stated the official. Furthermore, it is mandatory for students to wear black shoes and white socks.