Commissioner P K Gupta said the cheques will be distributed to the 790 schools of the corporation within a week
North municipal school students, already denied notebooks this academic session, are also without jerseys and winter uniforms as the money has not been handed to them yet.
Councillors of both the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress raised the issue on Monday, complaining that the Education department has not disbursed the cheques for students to buy their uniforms and winterwear.
Each student is supposed to get a cheque of Rs 500 to buy new clothes for winter.
As the Opposition raised allegations of delay in handing out the cheques, the chairperson of Education Committee (North), Rekha Gupta, voiced her support.
“The students have not got cheques of Rs 500, the cash subsidy corporations give to every student. It is mid-winter and students are yet to get their cash subsidy. The officials might be waiting for students to buy their own jerseys, shoes and uniforms as there is no way they will come to school without jerseys in winters,” Gupta said.
Leader of Opposition in the House Mukesh Goel demanded that the cheques be handed to students at the earliest. “To my knowledge, not a single school has received the cheques. Our students were without notebooks and desks, now they do not have uniforms and shoes. We should contemplate what we are giving the students studying in our schools, even if they are tagged as model schools, “ Goel said.
The corporations are also looking at shelving two of their ambitious projects — distribution of Akash tablets and appointment of special teachers for drawing, sports and music.
Akash tablets were not distributed as HRD ministry decided to withdraw the project. This means the budget of Rs 40 crore for the computer tablets will lapse.
Gupta told the House that she had been informed that their is no provision in the Municipal Act for hiring special teachers .
“We have been told that special teachers cannot be recruited as per the Act. Our students will go out of school without exploring where their interests lie,” Gupta said.