Odisha government will now provide free uniforms to all students studying in state-run schools across the state. At the state-level function to celebrate Teacher's Day,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the government will also distribute free bi-cycles to students of class 9. Earlier, only class 10 students were given free bi-cycles.

Free uniforms for APL families

"The government has decided to provide free school uniforms to all students. Earlier, students belong to BPL families were getting the facility. Now students of APL family will also get free uniforms," Patnaik said.

The government, he said, has taken several measures for enhancing quality of education in the state. The government has last week abolished the block grant system and implemented grant-in-aid system for teachers. About 40,000 school teachers will benefit from the new system, he said.

Teachers receive state awards

He also offered floral tributes to former president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary and 100 teachers were presented with state awards for their outstanding contribution to the field of education. They were given a cheque of Rs 25,000 each besides a citation highlighting their contribution.

"Teachers are the cornerstone of an empowered and enlightened society. On the occasion of Guru Divas, I thank them for their invaluable contribution towards nation building," he said.

Later on, he tweeted, "Greetings to teachers on #TeachersDay & homage to scholar, philosopher & former President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan on birth anniversary''.