Karnataka: Every student enrolled in a government school will receive a pair of shoes and two pairs of socks, according to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who has allocated Rs 132 crore for the project.
The Bommai administration has come under fire over the problem of giving the shoes and socks because there were no funds allocated in the budget and a delay in the government's decision-making.
“When it comes to uniforms, the government has already given its approval, they are getting ready, and will be distributed to students after a while. Today, I have approved Rs 132 crore for shoes and socks. We will give them. There’s no need to create confusion on this," Bommai told reporters here.
State school education minister BC Nagesh tweeted, "2022-23 for all students of class 1 to 10 of government schools. 132 crore has been approved by the State Government ₹ for purchase and distribution of 'Shoes and Socks' through School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMC)."
In Karnataka, there are more than 50 lakh kids enrolled in public schools. After School Education and Literacy Minister B C Nagesh allegedly claimed that kids don't go to school for shoes and socks, the opposition Congress criticised the administration. State Congress president D K Shivakumar stated earlier today that he would raise money to pay for the shoes and socks.