A Spokesman of the State Government said here today that after dispatching 9.28 lakh sets of Uniform free of cost to the students in Government schools upto 10th class, the State Government had also covered the Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmaur, Kullu districts and Pangi Sub Division of Chamba district by dispatching the full requirements of uniforms in these schools till 23rd September, 2012 although the target was to send in October, 2012.
He said that as many as 159150 sets of uniforms have been dispatched to these areas so far. He said that 9053 sets of uniforms to Kinnaur. 2655 sets to Lahaul Spiti, 80299 sets to Sirmour, 60452 sets to Kullu districts and 3004 sets to Pangi area of Chamba district have been dispatched under the second phase.
He said that the State Government had launched this novel scheme on 9th May 2012 to bring about uniformity and to instill confidence in the students enrolled in all the Government schools of the State. He said that the scheme had been named after former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee in recognition of the magnanimous developmental rewards to the State during NDA led Government at the Centre and the special affection he always had for the people of Himachal Pradesh.
A total of 928365 uniform sets were dispatched to all 12 districts of the State under the first phase out of which, 92010 sets were dispatched to Sirmaur district, 11110 sets to Kinnaur district, 3905 sets to Lahaul- Spiti district, 69590 to Kullu district, 78330 to Solan district, 100870 to Chamba district, 49285 to Hamirpur district, 163705 to Kangra district, 67495 to Una district, 105375 to Shimla district, 48435 to Bilaspur district and 138255 to Mandi district within 75 days immediately after launching the scheme.
The Spokesman said that ‘Atal School Uniform scheme’ envisaged providing school uniforms to all students from class 1st to 10th in the Government Schools twice a year along with Rs 100 stitching charges. The scheme would improve enrollment rate in schools, beside encouraging parents to send their children to schools, who were earlier reluctant as they could not afford uniforms, he added.