Govt of MP authorizes purchase of Furniture worth 500 crores for primary schools

The state government of Madhya Pradesh is planning to spend Rs 500 crore to make furniture in government schools where students had been used to sitting on floor in classrooms. As per reports, the furniture will be made available this year. In a similar move, Rs 80 crore would be spent on whitewashing the buildings of government school buildings. A sports stadium will also be established at the cost of Rs 50 lakh.

The recent announcements seem to have made after the reports of recent survey found that there was a lack of infrastructure in 94% of schools in 13 districts of MP, including state capital Bhopal. The survey was conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY) in a total of 190 schools including 141 primary and 42 secondary schools with 14, 983 students. This study observed that even after six years of implementation of Right to Education Act, 2009, there are “significant infrastructural gaps” in its compliance.

We are waiting to see when a similar move will be taken by the Govt of Uttar Pradesh. Yogi ji is doing a great job in the state now and he has taken notice of the plight of primary schools in the state. A lot of schools in our villages of UP still sit on the floor or under trees in open classrooms. On one hand when we are promoting digital India and Cashless India there still exists an India where little school children