Tribal Devp Secy lists measures to improve tribal edu in HC
Pune: The State government claims it has spent Rs 832 crore in last three years to build 138 new Ashram schools for improving the condition of tribal education. This information was shared through an affidavit filed by Tribal Development Secretary Manisha Verma in the Mumbai High Court.
The government filed the affidavit in a response to a PIL filed by social activist Ravindra Umakant Talpe. The State government told the Mumbai High Court that it is bound to comply with its directions. On July 14, 2017, the High Court directed the Tribal Development Department Secretary to file the affidavit.
Following the death of 793 children in last 10 years due to various reasons in tribal ashram schools, Talpe, who is from Pune, had made a plea in the court demanding measures to prevent such incidents in the future and demanded stricter rules to improve the condition of Ashram schools.
Recently, in August 2017, the affidavit declared that State government Ashram schools across the State have filled 94 per cent posts of women superintendents, toilets and drainage facilities have been set up in 90 per cent government and aided Ashram schools in the State and seven Ashram schools in Taloda have been provided power through solar panels and all other electric connections.
To provide uninterrupted power supply to remote areas, the government has created additional generators and solar panels, the affidavit further said.
The Tribal Development Department has tied up with the National Stock Exchange to set up cleanliness facilities in Ashram schools. Under this agreement, cleanliness facilities will be set up in 170 Ashram schools in the State during the next three years. With support of UNICEF and Rajmata Jijau Mother Child Nurturing Mission, 2,500 teachers of Ashram schools have been trained in life skills. Under the emergency measures, the headmaster has been given the right to spend Rs 10,000 in order to hospitalise students promptly.
The Ashram School Rejuvenation Campaign has been started in accordance with the petition, in which the facilities of Ashram schools including health, water, education, etc. are being improved. Around 18 Ashram schools have received ISO certificates and another 24 ashram schools have been registered.
“For the last 5 years, we are fighting for justice for tribal students. We are delighted to see the success of the work. This decision is welcome. Now, efforts will be made to create taluka level local pressure groups to ensure proper implementation of the measures,” said Talpe.