Avoid favouritism in distributing bicycles, advises Bachegowda

Avoid favouritism in distributing bicycles, advises Bachegowda

Says bikes will inspire children to attend school with greater enthusiasm

Wheeling away: Bicycles were distributed among high school students at the Government Junior College, Chikkaballapur on Monday. Legislator K P Bachegowda, Deputy Director of Public Instruction C U Chandrashekhar, Zilla Panchayat members  P N Munegowda, Anitha Reddy and Manjula Venkatesh were among those present. Dh photoHe was speaking during the bicycle distribution programme organised on Wednesday at the Government Junior College premises in the City.

“Poor and destitute children should be given first preference,” he added.
Better attendance

School children will be inspired to attend school regularly if they have bicycles. Students can now come to school from even distant places and villages. Attendance in schools will improve, said Bachegowda.

“This, in turn, will improve the chances of the children getting better education,” Bachegowda said.

The legislator said a rule is being formed to exclude students travelling by buses and living in hostels from getting the bicycles.

“If such a rule is enforced, it will only be an act of unfairness,” he added.
Other facilities

C U Chandrashekhar, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, said in addition to the bicycles, students will be provided mid-day meals and other facilities “which will inspire students to attend schools.”

No facilities

Mallikarjuna, the headmaster of the Government High School, said the School is facing lack of basic facilities.

“The students do not have enough space to move about. Furniture is also in shortage,” he said and added that the government has been requested to solve the problems.
Zilla Panchayat member P N Munegowda provided financial assistance to Arundhathi, who had performed well in the exams.

Zilla Panchayat members Anitha Reddy, Manjula Venkatesh, Taluk Panchayat president Manjula, vice-president Venkatanarayanappa, Block Education Officer Raghunatha Reddy and others were present at the distribution ceremony.

Bicycles distributed in district

Taluk    Boys    Girls    Total

Chikkaballapur    1218    1154    2372
Bageppalli    968    938    1906
Chintamani    1509    1230    2739
Gauribidanur    1907    1938    3845
Shidlaghatta    1075    1083    2158
Gudibande    415    395    810

Total    7092    6738    13830

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