Bihar Govt to distribute 73 Lakh Masks among Students ahead of School Reopening on 4th January - Get Details Here

Created On: Dec 30, 2020 15:01 IST
Modified on : Dec 30, 2020 15:02 IST

Bihar Govt to Distribute Masks Among School Students: As per the latest update, the Bihar State Government is all set to distribute 73 Lakh Masks among the school students as part of the safety measures for school reopening from 4th January 2020 onwards. Govt and Private Schools have been asked to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure complete compliance with COVID-19 safety norms for resumption of regular classes, as per media report of a leading news agency.

Recommendation by Crisis Management Group

The mask distribution drive among the students in Bihar is being carried out by the state government in line with the recommendations of the Crisis Management Group. In line with the recommendations, the State Education Department is set to procure more than 73 lakh face masks in order to provide two face masks to each student of Class 9 to 12 studying in government schools.

As per the details shared by the School Education Department, there are around 36.61 lakh students enrolled in Class 9 to 12 under the Bihar Board. Of the total number of students, around 3.17 lakh students are based in Patna.

2 Masks to be Given to Each Student

Confirming the development, Education Department’s Principal Secretary Mr Sanjay Kumar said that “We have published class wise enrolment list of each district to asses quantity of face masks required at government schools. Based on enrolment figure of last academic year, we have estimated that 36,61,942 students are enrolled in Class 9 to 12 across 38 districts. Each student will get two face masks free of cost which implies more than 73 lakh face masks are required for meeting the need.”

Procurement by 31st December, Distribution on 4th January

He also added that the District Education Officers have been ordered to procure the necessary quantity of masks that are required by students in their respective districts on or before 31st December 2020. The masks for the distribution drives are to be procured through Jeevika group and invoices are to be submitted at the education department office for reimbursement. From 4th January 2020, when the schools reopen, masks are to be distributed among the students of high and secondary schools.

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