RATLAM: State minister for School education and district in-charge minister Deepak Joshi distributed free bicycles to government school students of the Shivgarh tribal belt of the district here on Friday.

As many as 235 students, including 201 girls received the bicycles in a grand programme presided over by Joshi and attended by a large number of administrative officials as well as public. Speaking on the occasion Joshi stressed on the need of qualitative improvement in education system and said that state government has laid much emphasis on the welfare of students. He said that in these days of cut-throat competition such improvement is essential and every possible facility is being provided to the students to achieve the same.  Joshi also declared a grant of Rs 25,000 to a girl student Krishna Gurjar of the tribal belt Shivgarh who passed the XIIth board examination with 90% marks.

Area MLA Sangeeta Charel (Sailana) in her address said that a total of 70,000 students have been enrolled in schools in Sailana area and every possible facility is being provided to them to facilitate their studies.

Later, Joshi laid foundation stone of the tribal girls education complex which will be set up at a cost of Rs 25.21 crore. The education complex will include a school building, two girls hostels, two F-type quarters, 12 G-type quarters and a multi story residential building. Two hostels will accommodate 480 girl students and construction of the complex will be completed within two years.

District Central Cooperative Bank chairman Ashok Jain Chautala and municipal corporation president Jagdish Patidar were among others present at the programme.

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