Staff Reporter

Alleged failure to report lack of civic amenities

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has suspended two school inspectors working in the Education Department for their alleged failure to report lack of civic amenities at various primary schools in the Capital. The civic body has also warned the Principals of at least five municipal primary schools for not ensuring proper water and toilet facilities to children enrolled in their schools.

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a voluntary organisation, Social Jurist, the Delhi High Court recently had directed Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam to carry out intensive inspections of municipal primary schools at Nithari, Kirari and Prem Nagar. Subsequently Additional Commissioner (Education) A. B. Shukla, Director (Primary Education) Indira Yadav and Superintending Engineer (Planning) P. K. Khandelwal carried out surprise checks and found sanitary conditions in all these schools poor. In their report, the senior MCD officials held two school inspectors -- Shakuntala Arya and Deshraj -- responsible for the lapse as they failed to inform senior officials about the poor sanitary conditions in these schools.