The UP government spent nearly Rs 219 crore on the distribution of free school bags among 1.54 crore primary and upper primary students across UP during the period July-October, 2017. But nearly nine months on, most of these bags are in tatters. At a primary school, students were seen carrying worn out/torn bags. Teachers of some government upper primary schools said the bags were of poor quality. Director of basic education, UP government, Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh wrote that the school bags, shoes, and socks given to the students have started wearing out within the warranty period of 12 months.