Rajasthan: Congressional government changes color of school uniform implemented by previous BJP regime
The congressional government of Rajasthan has issued an ordinance to change the color of school uniforms in public schools. At present, the school uniform consists of a light brown shirt or kurta, brown pants or shorts, a salwar, a skirt. It was introduced by the previous BJP government led by Vasundhra Raje in 2017. As it was brown in color, Congress alleged that the outfit resembled the RSS dress code.
The order was issued yesterday by the School Education Department, which said the uniform color in public schools would be a combination of surf blue and dark gray. The order further stated that dark gray coats and sweaters would be added in the winter. The new uniform would be compulsory from the next academic session of 2022-2023.
Education Ministry officials told the Indian Express that students will receive Rs 600 each for the uniform. They said the government will be issuing a tender in the coming days for the new uniform. According to the government, there are 66 lakh students who study in grades 1-8 in state public schools and are entitled to get free uniforms. Those above 8 standards will have to purchase the new uniforms. There are 64,000 public schools where the new uniform code will be implemented from the next academic session.
The BJP criticized the Congressional government for a uniform change calling the order an “authoritarian diktat”. âThere is no logic in changing the uniform within three to four years, without any request from the students or parents. The additional monetary burden for the purchase of the uniform will have to be borne by the parents, who are already financially affected after the Covid-19 pandemic, âsaid MP BJP Vasudev Devnani.
It should be remembered that while boys in state public schools wore a blue and khaki jumpsuit, female students had a blue and white dress code for 20 years between 1997 and 2017.
Rajasthan’s Education Minister BD Kalla denied any political motives behind the move. Kalla, who has been put in charge of the ministry replacing Govind Singh Dotasra, said the plan was presented by his former colleague and he only approved it. âIt was the BJP which made politics on the uniform, distributed cycles of saffron colors to the students, imposed the color of the flag of their party. Blue and gray, the new colors of the uniform, have nothing to do with politics, âhe said.