Nomadic Gujjars running from pillar to post for upgradation of school

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 7: The nomadic people living on the up-streams of Lakkar Mandi are running from pillar to post for the up-gradation of the primary school in the area for years together.
Despite the recommendations made by the State Project Director Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan number of times the higher ups in the Education Department have failed to give due consideration to the demand of nomadic people who have to send their children to a distance of about three kms for seeking education after primary classes.
According to one Chita Khan a representative of nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals of the area who has taken up the issue with the concerned authorities a number of times no attention is being paid to solve the problem.
He said the nearest school to the Basti at Lakkar Mandi Janipur is three kms away and it is very difficult for the girl children especially to travel to such a long distance in scorching heat and biting cold of winter besides rainy season.
He said despite the recommendations made by various authorities as well as feasibility report given by the concerned Zonal Officer Jammu, the authorities are not taking any interest in upgradation of the school to provide educational facilities to the children of this backward community at its door steps.
Khan said as the area falls in the Raipur Damana Constituency the then MLA of the Assembly segment has also taken up the issue with higher ups in Government but to no avail.
The nomadic community members also held a protest demonstration here yesterday seeking justice. Khan said in case Government continues to delay the issue, the community members will be forced to intensify agitation.
Khan has also made an appeal to Minister of Education Nayeem Akhtar and MoS Education Priya Sethi seeking their immediate intervention in the matter.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and former MLA Bharat Bushan has also criticized the Government of delaying the upgradation of the school and demanded that immediate orders be issued by Government in this regard.

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