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Out of thousands mere nine Anganwari centres provided with water facility
PHE found non- serous in mitigating water scarcity problem to JK's school-going children
3/1/2021 11:35:19 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, Mar 1: In spite of huge claims about imparting of quality education at the government run schools in Jammu and Kashmir, figures are bellying such assertions, revealing how the authorities even failed to provide water facilities even in the Anganwari centres.
Documents in possession of the Early Times reveal that out of the thousands of Anganwari centres in Jammu and Kashmir, mere nine are with the drinking water facility. The targets fixed were very low and even the lower targets could not be achieved fully, as per the documents.
Records reveal further that against the target of 5136 schools, 4305 schools were provided drinking water facilities during 2013-18 and 831 (16 per cent) schools were yet (2017-18) to be provided the facility. Just nine Anganwadi centers had been provided the facility of drinking water during the period. The targets fixed were very low and even the lower targets could not be achieved fully (84 per cent).
It was seen that the PHE department had neither called for any data from the concerned departments (Education and Social Welfare) to arrive at the position of availability of the drinking water facility in the schools and the Anganwadis for compilation nor had fixed any targets for providing them the facility.
During exit conference it was informed that the funds for providing piped water supply to schools and Anganwari centres were stopped by GoI from 2016-17. It was also stated that the Department has compiled a fresh list of 4158 uncovered schools and forwarded to the Education Department for release of Rs 32.36 crore, so as to provide piped water supply to all the uncovered schools.
From the details collected from seven test-checked districts (table below) it was noticed that out of 8966 schools and 559 Anganwari centers, 1480 schools (17 per cent) and 203 Anganwadi centers (36 per cent) were not provided any drinking water facility by the PHE Department or any other Department. It was further described in the documents that it implies that the PHE Department had not been serious in mitigating the water scarcity problem to the school-going children despite the programme being in operation for the last over 10 years.
Furthermore, Jammu region has 762 schools without the library facility available for children. At a time when the government claims of ensuring betterment in sports infrastructure in schools, asking children to actively take part in extra- co curricular activities, there are more than five thousand schools in Jammu region of the state that have no playgrounds. 105 schools in the region are functioning without Headmasters or Principals. 1257 schools in Jammu have no subject teachers. Besides the departmental survey, a study done by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has also revealed that nearly 80 percent of the schools in the JK are without electricity connections.
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