Chandigarh: Punjab is all set to launch an
ambitious scheme from July 1 to empower girls by providing
them free education up to class 12.
Punjab has taken this step to encourage the poor families
to educate their girl child without feeling any financial
burden, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said today.
He said free education to girls child up to class 12,
besides checking the drop out rate, will empower them. From
July 1, all government and government-aided schools will
provide free education to free education up to class 12.
Badal said school would not even charge local funds from
The Deputy Chief Minister said under this scheme, funds
like admission fee, re-admission fee, amalgamated funds, PTA
and sports would not be charged from them.
Badal said that Punjab government has set aside Rs 26
crore for this scheme.
Reviewing the working of Education department, Badal said
that 1.46 lakh class 11 and class 12 girl students would get
free bicycle on 15th August from Punjab government.
He said that bicycles, besides helping girl students in
going to schools, will motivate them with "new feeling of
proud and empowerment."
Badal said that Rs 75 crore have been set aside for this
More than 4,000 Primary School in the state are set to be
equipped with proper furniture with Sukhbir Singh Badal
approving Rs 60 crore for all those primary schools where
children are forced to sit on mats.
He said that more than 11.92 lakh primary school students
would get relief from this scheme.
The Deputy Chief Minister also approved Rs 9 crore to
provide utensils to 17.20 lakh students getting mid day meal.
Under this scheme, a plate along with a spoon will be
arranged for 17.20 lakh students.