Gulbarga, (Karnataka), Jan.2 (ANI): Filthy toilets and unclean surroundings welcome students at a government school in Karnataka’s Gulbarga District.
The co-education school that houses 110 students has been running in these conditions for the last several years as the government remains ignorant to their problems.
The lack of clean toilets remains the biggest problem as students go home to relieve themselves during school hours.
It comes as a major embarrassment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has vowed to build public toilets across the country under his flagship Swachch Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India movement.
Life gets tougher in summer season as the school is yet to receive any electricity. The only hand-pump in the school is non-functional and children quench their thirst from nearby restaurants.
“From the last seven years, there is no drinking water. Students go to their house to defecate and it wastes at least one-two hours. Lack of electricity is also a major problem. We have 12 computers in the school, but due to power snag no computer teacher comes here to teach us,” said a student, Akash, on Friday.
The lack of security and proper gates attracts alcoholics and other anti-social elements to the schools. Teachers alleged that the government was turning a deaf ear to their repeated pleas.
“The government says all the basic facilities will be provided in schools but nothing has been provided in this school. The officers also allot all the funds to some particular schools and they do not look after the basic amenities we need,” said a teacher, Sushila Katti.
However, district authorities rebuked the allegations.
“It has been informed to me that the toilets and the drinking water arrangement have already been made. But there is some issue with the respect to the electrification to the high school. The funds are available, the contract is being given. There was some problem regarding the installation of the two electric poles and that too has been settled. So, within a period of two weeks, hopefully we will be able to sort this issue out also,” said District Collector, Gulbarga, Vipul Bansal.
Though data of Rural Electrification Corporation shows that around 99.9 percent of villages in Karnataka have access to electricity, the lack of basic amenity in a state-run school, shames the government.(ANI)