Bank accounts for students to avoid irregularities

Bhubaneswar: After facing several scams in the disbursement of government funds while carrying out various development progarmmes in the state, School and Mass Education department has found solution to avoid irregularities in the distribution of bicycles for students; as it proposed to open savings accounts for students studying in government and aided schools in the state.

The money saved in the account can be utilized in the purchase of the bicycles.

“We would extend Rs 2,600 to each of the beneficiary who can buy bicycles on their own. This would avoid mal-practices in the distribution of bicycles,” said Pratap Jena, Minister of School and Mass Education. 

Earlier the department had launched the distribution of free bicycles for the students. The department reached this decision after its visit to Bihar for the procurement of bicycles for class 10 girls and class 10 boys of SC and ST communities.  

Currently, there are 1 lakh and 80 thousand girl students studying in government and aided schools in the state. And of 118 tribal-inhabited blocks of the state, the number of boys is 25 thousand.  Besides, the allotted money to be disbursed for bicycles is Rs 70 crore.

While the proposal is still waiting for the Chief Minster’s approval, Rs 2, 600 are to be deposited as the savings amount in the name of a student.

However, this innovative step of the government has been welcomed by both parents and teachers.