Naveen launches bicycle scheme for BPL students

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to bring all children to schools, the Odisha government on Tuesday launched a bicycle scheme for 10th standard boy students from BPL families.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed over cheques of Rs 2600 each to some students while inaugurating the scheme here at a function on Gandhi Jayanti at the Capital High School.

Stating that education was a powerful medium to transform soci-economic condition of poor families, Patnaik said his government’s free bicycles for girls of all categories and boys of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe boys have yielded a satisfactory result.

The state government has launched the Rs 135 crore bicycle scheme covering 5.20 lakh students in state run schools.All girl students of tenth standard, including BPL families, were earlier included in the bicycle scheme.