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Assam : More Than 1000 Elementary And Secondary Schools Lack Electricity Services

Education Minister, Ranoj Pegu claimed most of these schools are under RIDF, and will get access to electricity by January 2023

Assam : More Than 1000 Elementary And Secondary Schools Lack Electricity Services

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Dec 2022 10:16 AM GMT

GUWAHATI : Surprisingly in the growing digital era, there exists a number of schools that are operating without electricity. The matter came into light, as the state government recently informed about it to the state assembly.

Approximately 1,100 schools in Assam are running without an electricity connection. Most of these are elementary level schools, as per the reports. The question was shot by leader of opposition, Debabrata Saikia.

However, education minister, Ranoj Pegu made it clear in front of the house that, by January 2023, all schools in the state will receive electricity. He informed that, 1,097 elementary schools and 10 secondary schools do not have access to electricity.

Furthermore, in most cases the schools are under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), stated the education minister. Recently, the education department issued a notification to scrutinise the schools which has a scarcity of teachers.

The task was carried out by the district elementary education officials and district inspector. The prime motive behind this step was to equalise the ratio of students and teachers while allocating teachers from the schools with ample number to schools with deficit teachers.

Ranoj Pegu also informed the house that, approximately 3,117 schools do not have male urinal facilities inside the premises. Along with that, toilet facility is not available for girls in 1,693 schools.

While on one hand, the state is in a collaboration with Google to enhance digitisation in schools. On the other hand, some sections still lacks the basic amenities.

In the month of October this year, an inspection was done in various old government schools in Guwahati, by Ranoj Pegu, Nani Gopal Mahanta and few other officials.

This action was a result of the new initiative undertaken by the CM to reconstruct more than 4,000 schools in Assam. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced this new initiative with a view to turn the existing educational institutions into human resource development centres.

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