Tamil Nadu government has decided to launch a new Free Shoes Scheme 2019 for students in government schools. Now all the students studying in Class VI to XII in govt schools will get shoes instead of chappals this year. Tamil nadu Free Shoes Scheme would be implemented by department of school education with an outlay of Rs. 81.5 crore.
The Tamil nadu govt. is already distributing 14 free items (including laptops) to students studying in govt. and govt. aided schools. From 2019, the state govt. has also brought a new dress code for students in govt. schools.
The primary focus of Tamil Nadu Free School Shoes Scheme is on improving the quality of education and to encourage people to send their children to schools.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has already issued orders to provide free shoes to govt. school students. All the class 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th students who are studying in government run schools will get free shoes in this scheme. For the current academic year 2019-20, the state govt. has allocated Rs. 81.5 crore for Tamil Nadu Free Shoes Scheme 2019.
Currently, the state govt. of Tamil nadu is providing free footwear to around 58 lakh students studying in class I to X. The school education department has sent proposal to the Tamil nadu govt. to provide shoes instead of chappals. The details of cost and other expenses would be ascertained only from the issued order from the government.