50 per cent students yet to receive academic material In BMC-run schools

The students studying in BMC-run schools are provided with necessary educational material at the start of the academic year

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At the start of the academic session every year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools provide its students with educational items. However, this year the civic body run schools have failed to do so due to the delay in appointing contractors. 

Due to the delay in issuing tenders, the academic items have not been supplied in nearly 50 per cent of the BMC-run schools. Every year, the students studying in municipal schools are provided with notebooks, books, pen, pencil, shoes, socks, lunchbox, water bottle and more.

For the students, these items are necessary at the start of the academic session. BMC’s Education Committee Anjali Naik informed that the delay in appointing the contractors happed due to the implementation of model code of conduct during 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

The contractors were given a deadline to provide basic academic materials to the students by August 15, 2019. Moreover, the supply was also affected due to the flood condition in several districts of Maharashtra. 

However, the BMC has asked the contractors to fulfil their task by the end of this month or else they’ll be blacklisted by the administration. 

In another issue, under Maharashtra’s government direct grants scheme, students studying in civic body schools would be given money directly into their bank accounts instead of the academic materials. However, Shiv Sena had opposed the proposal. 

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Shiv Sena stated that the parents of the students may spend the money on themselves. This dispute between the administration and the ruling party kept the plan on hold which led to the delay. 


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