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Risky affair: AAP releases video of students washing utensils in fast-flowing canal

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released a video clip in which students of a government school in Uttarakhand can be seen risking their lives by washing their utensils in a fast-flowing canal next to the school

dehradun Updated: Oct 09, 2017 19:47 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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A screengrab of the video released by the Aam Aadmi Party in which students can be seen risking their lives by washing their utensils in a fast-flowing drain next to the school in Doiwala area of Dehradun. (HT Photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released a video clip in which students of a government school in Uttarakhand can be seen risking their lives by washing their utensils in a fast-flowing canal next to the school.

Incidentally, the school falls in Dehradun district’s Doiwala area, which is a part of chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s assembly constituency.

In the video, the party has compared it with a government school in AAP-ruled Delhi, where students can be seen enjoying facilities like a swimming pool and well-equipped classrooms, to highlight lack of infrastructure in state-run schools of Uttarakhand.

A delegation of AAP’s state wing visited government primary school, Keshavpuri in Doiwala area recently. The team found that the children there, after consuming their mid-day meal, were washing their utensils in a fast-flowing water channel nearby, as there was no water available on the school premises.

“Anything could have happened to those kids who were washing the plates in the canal flowing swiftly. We also found other problems like poor infrastructure, toilets without water, mid day meal being cooked in unhygienic conditions, and lack of drinking water among others at the school,” AAP’s state unit secretary Rajesh Bahuguna told HT.

“If schools even in the CM’s constituency - which is just adjacent to the state capital - are like this, what would be the condition of government schools like in remote, mountain areas,” he said.

He also alleged that the BJP government in Uttarakhand was “not focusing enough on improving condition of government schools while the AAP government in Delhi was working to transform the look and quality of education in Delhi schools”.

It is worth recalling that despite building a preliminary buzz, the AAP had decided against fighting assembly elections in Uttarakhand earlier this year. The party has now decided to contest local body polls that are due in the state early next year.

School education minister Arvind Pandey could not be reached for his comment despite repeated attempts.

Doiwala sub-divisional magistrate Kushm Chauhan, however, said the matter was serious and that action will be taken against those responsible for it.

“I have asked education department officials to look into the matter urgently and find out how such a risky act was allowed in the school. Also, jal sansthan officials have been asked to ensure water supply to the school at the earliest,” she told HT.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 19:47 IST