Submitted by Newseditor on Mon, 2016-01-04 17:17 Bengaluru: Remember the controversy surrounding the purchase of bycycles for primary and secondary class students under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which was one of the pet projects of previous BJP government? Opposition parties then accused the government of having collected kickbacks in the purchase, and the matter had rocked both Houses of the state legislature. When Chief Minister Mr S Siddaramaiah announced the Shoe Bhagya scheme, planning to provide shoes for all 48 lakh students students studying between Std I and X, in his budget speech 2015-16, the BJP, now in the opposition voiced its fears that the scheme would run the risk of corruption and technical deficiencies. Because of the technical and logistic issues including assessing the proper foot size of the students, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in charge of Shoe Bhagya scheme could not implement it till now, amid allegations and counter-allegations. Primary and Secondary Education minister Mr. Kimmane Rathnakar even proposed dropping the Shoe Bhagya scheme, suggesting instead that slippers be given to students. But in the next few days all these 48 lakh students will get the shoes. The State government has released Rs.120 crores for the scheme. But there will not be any tendering process? Smelling something fishy? Worry not. For the first time, DPI has decided to de-centralise the procurement process in true sense. As per the plans, students will be provided with shoes of their actual size through School Development and Monitoring Committees (SDMCs). The SDMCs, comprising of parents, teachers and local elected representatives, will get the required fund directly from the District Office, eliminating risks of corruption. No tender; no middlemen! If the DPI's plan is implemented properly, students will get quality shoes. The DPI has fixed Rs.225 as cost per pair of shoes and socks for students between Std I and V. The cost per pair of shoes and socks for students between Std VI and VIII will be Rs 250. As for students Std IX and X the cost is Rs 275. The funds required by each school will be released based on the numbers of students studying in each class.