Swollen rivulet prevents children from Rajasthan’s Sahariya tribes people from attending school
Every year after the rains, an overflowing rivulet, falling in way to their school, prevents the Saharia children from attending the school, thus affecting their studies.Updated: Jul 30, 2017 19:24 IST
For the school-going children of Majhari, a village inhabited by the Sahariya tribe people under Shahabad tehsil of Baran district, monsoon rains aren’t good news. Every year after the rains, an overflowing rivulet, falling in way to their school, prevents the Saharia children from attending the school, thus affecting their studies.
At present, there are around 25 children who have to cross the rivulet, called Oonda Nullah, to reach the government primary school, says Phoolchand Sahariya, 40, resident of Majhari village, which has a colony of 40 Saharia families. The 10-foot-wide rivulet flows between the Sahariya colony and the Majhari village, where the school is situated.
“If rush of water is high in the rivulet then children have to wait for the water to recede. So many times they have to skip their school when the rivulet overflows during monsoon,” says Phoolchand.
Firoz Khan, a social activist who regularly visits the Sahariya-dominated area, says the village children had to skip the school for a couple of days due to overflowing rivulet recently also.
Konsa Bai, 45, a Saharia woman who has a school-going child, says the way connecting the Sahariya colony with the Majhari village is of earth, so when there is heavy downpour, it becomes difficult for the children to walk on the muddy road. “Not only this, in the absence of bridge over the rivulet, it becomes troublesome for patients to cross the gushing rivulet in monsoon,” she says, adding that, “Such patient or expecting mothers are carried over shoulders by 2-3 persons.”
Despite the gram panchayat’s longstanding demand for a bridge over the rivulet, nothing has been done so far. “The proposals for construction of a bridge over the rivulet were sent to the Panchyat Samiti, but work could not start in the absence of sanction,” says Raju Khangar, the sarpanch of Kasbanonera gram panchayat, under which Majhari village falls. He, however, adds that sanction has been granted for laying interlocking tiles on the road and work will start soon.
Shahabad sub-divisional magistrate Bhupendra Kumar Yadav says the gram panchayat has sought a small bridge over the rivulet. “When budget for the proposal will be received, the bridge will be constructed over the rivulet,” he said.
First Published: Jul 30, 2017 19:24 IST