TAMIL NADU

7-member panel to purchase cycles

CHENNAI, JUNE 28. The State Government has set up a seven-member committee to purchase 2.96 lakh cycles for girl students belonging to backward classes, most backward classes and denotified communities.

The Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department issued the orders a day after the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, announced the extension of the free cycle scheme.

The Director, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare will be the chairman of the committee.

The Special Commissioner/Director of Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, the Special Secretary, Finance Department, and the Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Backward Classes Economic Development Corporation, will be among the members.

The government now provides free cycles to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe girl students studying in standards XI and XII in government and government-aided schools.

The Chief Minister on June 16 announced the extension of the scheme to provide cycles to all girl students belonging to backward classes, most backward classes and denotified communities, studying in standards XI and XII in all government and government-aided schools at a cost of Rs.47.36 crores.

There are about 2.96 lakh girls belonging to these communities studying in standards XI and XII in government and government-aided schools. The government has worked out that the cost of a cycle will be approximately Rs.1,600, enquiries reveal.

The cycles will be provided with standard accessories — PVC saddle, bell, lock, stand, carrier, full gear case and also the optional front basket. Students staying in residential schools and schools, where the hostel and schools are on the same campus, and students who are desirous of availing themselves of free bus pass will not get the cycles.

The cycle will be numbered to avoid misuse and an "appropriate emblem" fixed to indicate that it has been issued under the government scheme.

In the event of misuse, the cost of the cycle will be recovered from the beneficiaries, warns the government.

The administration in districts is in the process of identifying the beneficiaries. This is expected to be completed over the next few weeks, according to officials.

After this, the break-up of the figures for cycles to be provided to each school will be drawn up. The cycles will be handed over to the student at the school.

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