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Arvind Kejriwal announces another ‘freebie’ ahead of state elections

New Delhi | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the state government will pay fees of CBSE students in government schools of Delhi.

The Delhi Cabinet approved the government’s proposal of paying the CBSE examination fees for Class X and XII students of its schools, a move that will cost the dispensation Rs 57 crore.

Around 3.14 lakh students studying in government and aided schools besides the Patrachar Vidyalayas will benefit from the initiative.

“The Cabinet decision will benefit around three lakh fourteen thousand students, at a cost of around Rs 57 crore to the government,” an official told PTI.

The fees for general category students for Class X and XII was recently doubled from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 for five subjects.

This isn’t the first time the AAP Convenor has passed a proposal of free services or exemptions to the citizens.

In the wake of 2019 Delhi Assembly elections, the Aam Admi Party had decided to waive water arrears of those who have functional water meters at their homes. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that people living in the capital do not have to pay any amount of their electricity bills if their power consumption does not exceed 200 units.

Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal had announced free travel in the Delhi Metro and buses for women travellers.

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