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PTA drops plan for temporarybuilding at East Hill KV

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Funds collected from parents to be returned

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Kendriya Vidyalaya, East Hill, has dropped its proposal for a temporary building on the school premises.

N. Prasad, convener of the construction committee and PTA executive committee member, said the funds collected for the purpose from parents would be returned. He told The Hindu on Monday that this was decided at a meeting held on Saturday.

The idea of a temporary building was conceived after the decades-old main building of the school was deemed unfit by the district administration and a shift system was introduced in October 2018.

Mr. Prasad said that ₹45,24,000 was collected from the parents. A section of parents, however, recently objected to the delay in getting sanction for the building. An action committee was also formed to “seek an end to the plight” of the children who, they claimed were “affected” by the shift system.

Union Minister’s letter

Union Minister Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, in a letter informed M.K. Raghavan, MP, that as per the Education Code of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), “the PTA shall not collect or maintain any funds.” The Minister also told the MP, quoting the KVS, that the school is running “smoothly in two shifts” after one block of classrooms was declared unsafe. “Reconstruction work of the old block had been assigned to the Central Public Works Department and preliminary drawings are prepared.” The construction of permanent classrooms would be taken up after the proposal is cleared by the standing finance committee, the Minister said.

Mass petition

Meanwhile, the action committee is not quite happy with this response. Its functionaries are planning to submit a mass petition to the KVS authorities as well as the Union HRD Minister. “Mr. Raghavan recently claimed that he had got an assurance from the authorities that the work on the new building would be taken up within four months. Similar promises had been made earlier too,” said Thirooli Unnikrishnan, president of the committee.

He claimed that the release of funds and beginning of the construction works were unlikely to happen before the next academic year. “We want the authorities to fast-track the work within a time-frame. If it doesn’t happen, we will approach the High Court,” Mr. Unnikrishnan added.

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