A newly constructed girls’ hostel of the Naveen Kanya Vidhyalaya in Bhopal’s TT Nagar area is ready for the students but is used as a guesthouse for government employees and sportspersons.
Reason? No minister is giving a date for inauguration of the hostel that was built at a cost of Rs1.37 crore under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
Of the 400 girls of the school, more than 100 stay in a hostel, which is about 3 km from the institute, making it difficult for them to walk all the way regularly.
“No minister has given us a date, so the hostel is not formally inaugurated. But as girls are waiting from a long time, we have informed the district education officer to take action at the earliest,” said school principal Archana Sharma.
Bhopal district education officer Dharmendra Sharma said the would try and allow the students to shift to the new hostel even without a formal inauguration.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) targeted the minister saying “Madhya Pradesh is known for its VIP culture”.
“We have witnessed incidents where an inauguration took a year because a ‘mantri’ (minister) wasn’t available. The officers and the ministers are not understanding that they are public servants first,” said AAP’s state president Akshay Hunka.