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Govt leaves schoolchildren in winter lurch.

DELHI civic bodies have left the schoolkids out in the cold. Children of more than 1,600 primary schoolseIf run by the three municipal corporations in DelhieI| are braving the winter chill without woollens. While the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is still stuck with the tendering process for procuring winter uniform for students, the North and East civic bodies are yet to release fund.

For the last seven years, the BJP- ruled civic bodies have failed to provide winter uniforms to more than 10 lakh students in its schools. Instead, the corporations have been giving ` 330 to nursery students for purchasing the dress, which is inadequate to meet the requirement. The corporations give ` 500 to children studying in Class 1 to 5 for the same.

Sources said the woollens cannot be made available to students before February.

eIu Unlike previous years, the SDMC will be giving winter clothes to students this time. Tenders have been floated for purchasing clothes,eIN said SDMC spokesperson Mukesh Yadav.

On the other hand, the North Delhi civic body said it would be giving cash to students instead of winter clothes. The situation in EDMC schools is no different with the civic body yet to give money to students for buying winter clothes.

With Assembly elections in Delhi The BJP- ruled civic bodies have failed to uniforms to more than 10 lakh students in

round the corner, the Congress has grabbed the opportunity and is all set to make it into a major poll issue. It also alleged that cash disbursement among students was a source of financial bungling and that the failure to procure clothes compromised with the health of schoolchildren. eIu It is a regular phenomenon every winter. Not only the municipal corporations fail to provide winter clothes on time, the cash payment is also delayed causing trouble to the students.

For the last seven years, the students have only been given cash money, which is inadequate,eIN said Farhad Suri, Leader of the Opposition in SDMC.

APATHETIC ATTITUDE

NORTH DMC 762 schools / 4.5 lakh students SOUTH DMC 588 schools / 3.4 lakh students EAST DMC 390 schools / 2.3 lakh students Under Section 42 of the DMC Act, it is an obligatory function of the MCD to provide facilities like free school uniforms, jersey, shoes and socks, textbooks, mid- day meals, health cover, scholarships, physical and science education and excursions.

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