Kapurthala, September 3, 2013: Punjab Government would provide 4751 free bicycles to the girl students of 11th & 12th class in the Kapurthala district within two months under Mai Bhaggo Viddya scheme.
The whole process for distribution of free bicycles to the girl students has been completed by the department of Social Securities and list of girl students of 11th and 12th government school going girls have been submitted by the education department.
Divulging this here, DS Mangat Deputy Commissioner said that total 1, 52,330 bicycles would be distributed in the state to the government girl students of class 10+1 & 10+2 during this financial year and Punjab Government has set aside Rs 47 crore for this scheme.
He added that out of total number of bicycles to be distributed in the Kapurthala district 2778 bicycles would be distributed to the 11th class and1973 to the 12th class girls this year.
Deputy Commissioner further said that Mai Bhaggo Scheme was launched in the year 2011-12 and 1,11,049 government school girls of 11th & 12th classes benefited under this Scheme during that year in the state. He said that under this scheme in district Amritsar Rs. 1 crore 9lakh and 7 thousand rupees were spent on providing bicycles to 4053 girl students of class 11th and 12th in the year 2011-12.
Mangat said that Mai Bhaggo Viddya Scheme was launched in the state with the personal efforts of Chief Minister, Punjab Parkash Singh Badal to promote girl education in the state and to diminish the school dropout rate among girl students. He added that positive results are coming as dropout rate of girl students have decreased considerably. He said that the Punjab Government has decided to continue this scheme and the girls studying in class 9th and 10th would also be covered under this scheme.
He further said that the Punjab government has also rolled out several other welfare schemes for the overall development of the students studying in the government schools. He said that Punjab Government has launched Dr. Hargobind Khurana scheme to extend financial support to the needy meritorious students.