At a time when the government is spending crores of rupees for the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, students at a government girls’ school in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district are forced to live with herds of pigs and other stray animals.
The pre-middle school (Class 1 to 8) run by the Rewa Municipal Corporation (RMC) is being run in extremely unhygienic conditions, despite being located in the vicinity of the Rewa district hospital in Ward No. 44-Topkhana locality.
The all- girls school where classes for 160- plus students are being run in four classrooms by five teachers (including head master Sandip Bhalla) has no protective boundary wall, which provides free entry for pigs and other stray animals inside.
“We’ve become habitual to a drove of pigs from neighbouring slums routinely loitering inside the school,” Class 5 student Ranjana Adiwasi said.
The 10- year- old girl said a peon at the school could often be seen chasing out pigs trying to venture into classrooms.
Class 6 student Anchal Vishwakarma said, “While the peon manages to prevent the pigs, dogs and cows from entering the classroom, the stray animals, particularly the pigs, hover around the kitchen where the lunch is cooked.”
A scared Class 7 student Ranjana Saket claimed that often the pigs attempted to eat into the students’ lunch plates if they went out of class to have lunch. “We can’t dare to have food outside the class, even on a sunny day in winter,” she said.
Even the hand pump from which the kids draw water is surrounded by pigs and cows, but by sheer providence no untoward incident has been reported till now.
Helpless in the matter, headmaster Sandip Bhalla said he had raised the matter with authorities several times in the past, including with RMC officials, but the menace remained unattended.
When contacted by Hindustan Times on Friday, the Rewa municipal commissioner Karmaveer Sharma expressed ignorance about the matter.
“The school head master might have complained about the matter to the sanitation department of the RMC. I’ll personally look into the matter and ensure that the problem is addressed at the earliest,” Sharma said.