Students of Nishkam Sewa Public School were on cloud nine when they had received an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Parliament House and to meet him, however, the children returned home dejected after Modi failed to keep his date with them.
Their plan to apprise the PM of poor sanitary scenario and the failure of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in Amritsar also crumbled, while the school authorities, who had accompanied these children on the trip, alleged that they were “meted out shabby treatment”. “We were very happy when we left Amritsar in a bus arranged by the civic authorities. We felt that we were quite fortunate to have been given an opportunity to meet the PM, which even the children from well-to-do families rarely get. However, we were wrong, as when we reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in New Delhi, the PM was not available. We felt mortified,” said Nisha, a student.
Sardar Singh, principal, Nishkam Sewa Public School, too said “the students’ visit to Delhi was not in accordance with their expectations”. “What to talk of fair treatment when we were not even offered a glass of water at the PMO. This is despite the fact that we had received an invitation. Even our effort to meet finance minister Arun Jaitley went in vain, though we had a letter from a local BJP minister,” he said.
He added that instead of being shown the proceedings of Parliament as was understood by the invitation, the students were shown the Parliament House building from the outside.
The principal said in case the school receives such an invitation again in future, they would think twice before arranging a trip to New Delhi. “There was a lot that we wanted to share with the PM, but we could not meet him. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for us, but we returned dejected,” said Rohit, another student of the school.