Schoolgirl gets MLA allocate fund for public library

S. Sembaruthi (16), a class 10 student of the Government High School in Thungapuram, who had blocked the car of Kunnam MLA demanding funds for the public library, inaugurating the library.  

When S. Sembaruthi (16), a class 10 student of the Government High School in Thungapuram, blocked the car of Kunnam MLA S.S. Sivasankar in 2013 to impress upon the need of reopening the part-time library at Kolappadi in Veppur Union, she would not have imaged that she would reopen the library one day.

Contrary to the popular perception, the girl, who was instrumental in taking the matter to the elected representative, was made as the chief guest of the function and declared open the new library building constructed at a cost of Rs. 2 lakh under the MLA’s Local Area Development Fund. Moreover, Sembaruthi finds her name on the plaque even before she appears for the SSLC examinations.

“I was surprised to receive a petition from a girl studying in class 8. It is because of her, the tiny village has got a library. We made her to open the library in order to motivate her,” Mr. Sivasankar told The Hindu.

According to the rule, funds could not be allocated to construct building for branch library.

However, Mr. Sivasankar took up the matter to the authorities and allocated funds for constructing library (full time) basically to fulfil her wish in the overall interest of schoolchildren and others of the village.

Ms. Sembaruthi, who was asked to deliver inaugural address at the function held in her village, did not fail to thank the MLA and organisers for the rare opportunity given to her at the tender age. She vowed to become IPS officer.

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