Opening the bag of charity, Tamil Nadu government announced special schemes for students. Under this scheme, nearly 6.44 lakh Plus-One students of government and aided schools will receive free cycles this year.
To mark the inauguration, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gave away cycles to seven students at a brief event held at the Secretariat. The beneficiaries will include 2.86 lakh boys and 3.57 lakh girls.
An official release said the scheme, in its present design, had been in force since 2005-2006. The scheme, aimed at benefitting higher secondary students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, was launched in 2001-2002. The allocation for the current year is Rs. 230 crore.