Kathua: Schools get a facelift after Class 3 child pleads PM Modi in a video message

Seerat Naaz, a Class 3 child had appealed to PM Modi about the infrastructural deficiencies and the problems she faces every day 
Picture Courtesy: Unsplash
Picture Courtesy: Unsplash

Days after a Class 3 student urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video message to ensure basic facilities at her school in Kathua district, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has started work to give it a facelift, as per a report by PTI.

Seerat Naaz's appeal in a video to the prime minister last week, which was shared widely on social media, prompted the Director of School Education, Jammu, Ravi Shankar Sharma to visit the government school in the remote Lohai-Malhar block.

The child innocently greets the Prime Minister:  Assalam Alaikum ModijiKaise ho aap…aap sab ki baat suntey ho, meri bhi baat suno. It roughly translates to - "Hello, Modiji. How are you? You listen to everyone, please listen to me too," Naaz said at the beginning of her over four-minute video.

Speaking about the dilapidated condition of the school, Naaz said students are forced to sit on dirty floors, which often stain their uniforms. She also highlighted the bad condition of the toilets, problems with open defecation and the unfinished construction work of the building.

"You listen to the entire nation, please listen to me as well and build a nice school for us so that we can continue our education and not get scolded by our mothers for getting our uniforms dirty," the girl said in her passionate appeal to the prime minister.

The after-effect of the video

Taking note of the video clip, the Jammu and Kashmir administration immediately swung into action to give the school a facelift. "A project worth Rs 91 lakh was sanctioned to upgrade the school on modern lines but the work was stalled due to some issue related to administrative approval. It has now been sorted out and the work is underway," Director of School Education, Jammu, Ravi Shankar Sharma said after visiting the school.

The official said hundreds of schools are running in the remotest parts of the Union territory and the government has already chalked out a detailed project to ensure proper and modern facilities at all of these schools.

He also added, "We have also started constructing 1,000 new kindergartens in all districts of Jammu province, and in the next three to four years, we will be able to ensure the construction of 250 kindergartens in each of the 10 districts. (in Jammu province)"

Funding and Projects

Sharma said that there are three types of funding available for improving school infrastructure under UT CAPEX, district CAPEX and Samagra. "Over 2,500 projects have been completed under Samagra since 2018, while 6,000 more are in progress." He said the department is also utilising the UT capex and district capex to ensure the best facilities for the students.

Naaz, who aspires to be an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, said she had made a video and she is happy that her message has received a positive response.

"I made the video myself to share my thoughts with our prime minister. I am glad that action was taken and our school is getting a facelift," she said.

Villagers are also cheerful about the renovation of the school and expressed hopes that it will be developed on modern lines like schools in urban areas.

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