West Bengal Sabooj Sathi Scheme | Free Bicycle Distribution Scheme for Students

Sabooj Sathi

West Bengal Sabooj Sathi Scheme – The West Bengal Government has launched a free bicycle scheme for the students of the state. The name of this scheme is West Bengal Sabooj Sathi Scheme. Under this scheme, the state government provides free Bi-Cycle to the students of class IX to XII studying in all government-aided/ government and Madrashas of the State.

West Bengal Sabooj Sathi Scheme – Free Bicycle Distribution Scheme for Students

The West Bengal Government launched this scheme in September 2015 from Paschim Medinipur. During the announcement of the scheme, it was estimated that about 40 Lakh Bi-Cycles will be distributed to the students studying in Class IXth and XIIth.

The main motive of the state government behind launching this scheme is to empower the students, especially the girls and reduce dropouts in higher education.

Over 8900 schools, 40 lakh students, 8,000 truckloads of bicycle components, 2,500 delivery points, 3,500 fitters, 500+ Government officials, Panchayat functionaries, Elected Members of WBLA, MPs were included in the implementation of the Free Bicycle Distribution Scheme.

School Drop Rate Reduced
After the launch of this scheme, the school drop-out rate is reducing continuously in the state. It is notable that under this scheme, bicycles have been distributed to schoolchildren. Still, the sequence continues. Under this scheme where many bicycle artisans have got access to additional income and their economic condition is improving.
At the same time, with the increase in attendance of students in school, there has been a considerable decrease in the rate of dropout in the school. This has benefited the students of scheduled caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) classes of rural areas most. The experts also believe that under the Sabooj Sathi scheme, the state’s economic growth rate has also increased.

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