With water supply to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools unlikely to improve, the corporation has proposed to distribute money to all its 10 lakh students to buy water bottles.
Each student will get Rs 100 for a bottle so that they can get water from home, which may be an irrational move as students may use up the money for other purchases.
The Hindustan Times was the first to report the proposal on July 31 (MCD solution: No water, only bottles for kids).
Initially, 98,000 children were distributed money in November.
According to the present proposal, bottles will be given to the rest of the 9 lakh MCD students.
Of the 1,639 MCD schools, about 75 do not have any arrangements for clean water. In others, supply is erratic.
“Since water is a health issue, we have proposed to distribute money so that students can buy bottles and bring clean water from homes,” said Mahender Nagpal, chairman, education committee, MCD. He said the corporation has been writing to the Delhi government to install water pipelines in schools but to no avail.
According to MCD officials, distributing money is simpler compared with purchasing containers and distributing them.
“There is always a chance that a student might spend the money on something else but we give money under the assumption that they won’t,” Nagpal said.