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Government teachers in remote areas in Uttarakhand to get houses

The Uttarakhand school education department is planning to provide residential facilities to government school teachers in remote districts,

dehradun Updated: Sep 29, 2017 20:21 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Students at a government-run school in Dehradun have to sit on the floor as there are no furniture.(HT Photo.)

The Uttarakhand school education department is planning to provide residential facilities to government school teachers in remote districts, an official said here on Wednesday.

The Nainital High Court in June put a stop on the state government from buying luxury items until government schools are provided with furniture, black boards and toilets. Later, the court relaxed the order stating that the government can buy “necessary items”.

Since then, the school education department has intensified its ground work to provide schools with basic amenities.

HT in its edition dated August 9 had mentioned how over 17,000 schools lack four basic facilities -- furniture, black boards, drinking water and toilets.

Accepting the government’s plan of providing residential facilities to teachers, Alok Shekhar Tiwari, director general school education, told HT, “Yes there’s a plan.”

“It’s a long term project on which the government is working. But, the priority is to provide basic infrastructure to students,” he said.

The department has doubled its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities through which it managed to get some of the top companies like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and others to adopt districts and provide the amenities.

Even after three months of high court order, the CSR support is still in planning stage wherein companies have given approval to provide funds for the services.

School education minister Arvind Pandey took a meeting with the companies and asked to accelerate the work so that students could be provided the facilities.

Mukul Sati, additional project director who is also in-charge of CSR activities, said, “We have got approval for 7,500 chairs and tables at US Nagar and 4,500 in Haridwar.”

There are a couple of residential outlets in Pithoragarh and Champawat districts which were constructed when Uttarakhand was a part of Uttar Pradesh. But, they all are vacant.

“We are short of 1,000 teachers in primary and 8,000 teachers in junior schools because of which the residential facilities could not be availed. Once all vacant positions are filled, I am sure teachers would opt staying there,” Tiwari added.

The official records of the department showed that 15,330 primary and 8,107 upper primary schools need furniture.

Nearly 562 schools does not have drinking water access while no toilets are available in over 900 primary schools and over 200 upper primary schools. The companies would also look after the need of computers and Smart TVs at later stages.

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 20:20 IST