Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah was on Wednesday taken by surprise as he received an unusual request from a delegation from Kupwara district to cancel the sanction of a primary school in their village.
"I am surprised. This is for the first time that I have got such a request," Omar told the delegation from Check Natnoosa village in the border district of Kupwara, 100 kms from Srinagar.
The delegation met Omar during the 'open house' at his private office here and requested the Chief Minister to cancel the sanction for setting up of a primary school under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in their village as a middle school was already functioning there.
They demanded that the middle school be upgraded to high school level instead of setting up a separate SSA school.
The delegation cited "contradictory" reports filed by officials of the revenue department and education department which had led to sanction of the SSA school in the village.
Omar directed the concerned officials to probe the matter as different population figures were submitted by the revenue and education departments for the same village.