Even as the summer vacations are about to conclude, more than one lakh students studying in over 1,000 primary and higher primary government schools across the district will have to go to school with no power supply.
With a total 2,556 primary and higher primary schools with 2,50,420 students in Bijnor district, electricity connections remain unrestored in 1,000 schools.
According to the District officials, they have sent several proposals to the state government but no action has been taken so far.
The district coordinator of erection branch in the basic education department, Saleem Beg says, "There is no power in over 1,000 schools. Out of these, some of them have fans and wiring, but not electricity connections. The education department does not have the budget to procure electricity connections."
Mushkaan, a student of Chandpur Feru school, said, "The scorching heat has made things difficult for us. The heat is unbearable. Though our school has a connection, there is no power line. We have been forced to study without fans. We've asked to our teacher Rajendra Singh to address the issue but to no avail."
Rajendra Singh, head master of Chandpur Feru school, said, "Our school has a power connection but no electricity line. We've told the power authorities several times to lay down power lines but all our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. The power corporation says that we need to give funds if we want the work to be carried out but the government has not released funds for the same."
When questioned about the issue, basic shiksha adhikari (BSA), Sanjay Kushwah said, "Though we've sent a proposal to electrify all schools, no budget has been sanctioned for the same."
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