Students of at least 76 government primary schools in East Singbhum have been facing acute water crisis and most of them compelled to bring water from home for midday meal during the scorching summer.
Nearly 300 students of upgraded primary school in Siddhu Kanhu Basti have been facing the problem for several years. Besides bringing water for MDM, the students are also forced to rush home to attend nature’s call. New building for the school was inaugurated on April 14 and students hoped that the water woes would end. However, the new building too remained parched this summer.
The situation is poor in primary schools of Jamshedpur slums including New Kapali Basti, Bhatia Basti, Balaram Basti and Beldih Gram.
Sources said that the education department had provided green toilets to a couple of primary schools in slum areas, but students avoid using it due to water crisis.
Sarswati Kumari, a student of upgraded primary school, Sidhhu Kanhu said, “We bring water from home to drink during class hours and have Mid Day Meal. We have to go home to use the toilet. Students, who come from far distance, go to their friends’ residence in the nearby area to attend nature’s call.”
Senior most teacher of the school, Laxmi Sahoo said that students face water crisis and departmental officials have assured that the problem would be solved soon.
Sources said that cabinet minister cum local member of legislative assembly (MLA) Saryu Rai had suggested education department for taking help of MLA development fund scheme for basic infrastructure improvement in government schools, but the department did not pay heed to it.
District superintendent of education, Banke Bihari said that he did not have information if students brought water from home for having Mid-Day Meal or ran home for toilet due to water crisis.
“The department is committed to providing due water facility in each of its schools,” said the DSE.