Rajasthan changes govt school uniform, brown too close to saffron for Congress

There are 66 lakhs students in Classes 1 to 8 in government schools, which are entitled to free uniforms.

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The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan has issues an order changing the color of uniform for government school in the state. The current uniform is light brown shirt on kurta, and brown trousers or shorts, salwar, skirt was introduced by the previous BJP government in 2017.

At the time, the Congress had accused that the uniform brought in by the Vasundhara Raje government – the first time it was changed in 20 years – resembled the dress of the RSS.

In an order issued Wednesday, the School Education Department said students in government schools would now wear a uniform that is a combination of surf blue and dark grey. In winters, dark grey coats and sweaters would be added. While the new uniform wouldn’t be enforced in the present academic session, it will be mandatory from academic year 2022-23.

Education department officials said students are entitled to Rs 600 each for uniform, and they hoped to have them ready in enough numbers in three months. The government will soon float a tender for the new uniform, officials said.

There are 66 lakh students in Classes 1 to 8 in government schools, which are entitled to free uniforms. The senior students have to buy the same.

“This is an authoritarian diktat. There is no logic in changing the uniform within three-four years, without any demand from students or parents. The extra monetary load for buying the uniform will have to be borne by parents, who are already financially hit after the Covid-19 pandemic,” criticizing the Gehlot government’s move, BJP MLA and former education minister Vasudev Devnani said.

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