03 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to strengthen the turnout in schools across Odisha, the State Government has decided to provide transport allowance to students of primary and upper primary schools in remote areas.
As per a notification issued by the School and Mass Education Department, a transport allowance of Rs 600 per month will be paid to a student whose attendance is 75 percent or above, Rs 400 to student having 50 percent to 74 percent attendance and Rs 300 to student having 30 percent to 50 percent attendance.
"This allowance will be provided to primary students who have to commute for a distance more than one Kilometre to reach their schools. It will be provided to all these students whose school are located far from home, on a monthly basis," School and Mass Education Department Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra said.
Those students covering a distance of more than one kilometre to attend classes in primary schools and over three kilometres to attend classes in upper primary schools will be eligible to get the financial aid.
The allowance will be paid through account payee cheque or DBT. However, the allowance will not exceed Rs 6000 per year, the notification added. A student whose attendance is less than 30 percent will not be eligible for the allowance.