Months after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) passed a resolution to provide bicycles to 3,000 Class 4 students in its schools, the distribution for the same is yet to begin.
Previously, the SDMC’s Standing Committee said it would start distributing the cycles in February, while emphasising that the move was aimed at motivating students to attend classes on a regular basis by aiding them with means of transport.
The civic body’s Leader of House Indrajeet Sehrawat (BJP) and a senior civic official confirmed that the distribution is yet to take place.
While the initial goal was to give out the bicycles prior to the civic elections — which now stand delayed — the senior civic official said that the distribution will kick off soon. He was, however, unable to specify a timeline.
Commenting on the delay, Prem Chauhan, Leader of Opposition at the SDMC said, “When the civic elections were in sight, they (BJP) were keen on announcing this scheme. Now the polls are delayed, so they have forgotten about it. It is a textbook example of a pre-poll gimmick. I will write to the civic body regarding this.”
Under the scheme, the civic body looks to provide bicycles to 5% of the students studying in Class 4, while covering 3,000 students in total. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic performance in Class 3.
“After the resolution was passed in the Standing Committee, it was passed in the House after a gap of around 25 days. The tenders opened only after, and we have received two bids till now. The agency that will be brought on board will be given 30 days to supply the bicycles,” the senior civic official said.