Delhi violence: Govt to provide book, uniforms for kids

Delhi govt to provide books, uniforms to school children who lost them in violence

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (L) gestures as he addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is also seen. (PTI Photo)

The Delhi government will provide books and uniforms to schoolchildren who lost them during the violence and arson in northeast Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday.

He made the announcement at a press conference here.

"If children have lost books, the Directorate of Education shall provide books and notebooks free of cost to children of both government schools as well as private schools," Kejriwal said.

"Disbursement will take place from the respective schools. Similarly, new sets of uniforms shall also be provided free of cost," he said.

At least 34 people were killed and over 200 injured in the communal clashes that broke out in northeast Delhi after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those opposing it spiralled out of control on Sunday.

Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel.

Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Shiv Vihar areas were mainly affected by the riots.

Schools have been closed in northeast and east Delhi for three days.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed class 10 and 12 exams scheduled to be held on February 28 and 29 in the violence-hit northeast Delhi and parts of east Delhi following a request by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia.

"In view of a request received from the Delhi government and to avoid inconvenience to students, staff and parents, the exams scheduled for February 28 and 29 in northeast Delhi and other affected areas stand cancelled. The next date for the affected students will be notified shortly," CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.

"All exams in all centres across Delhi will be conducted as per original schedule from March 2 onwards," he said.

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