Imphal, Jan. 17
Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam today visited Chadong Village and inspected the makeshift school built by the villagers following inundation of the entire village with the coming up of the Mapithel Dam.
The Minister was accompanied by the ZEO Kamjong, S. Mangi Singh and officials of the Engineering Wing of Department of Education (S). The team interacted with the villagers and heard their grievances. The Minister was apprised by the villagers about the hardships and lack of basic amenities in the village after they were rehabilitated to the new location.
Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam gave a patient hearing to the villagers especially about the need of a school. The villagers informed that the Chadong High School before it was submerged under water had more than 400 students studying from classes I to X. The villagers told the Minister that after rehabilitation although a makeshift school has been established there is lack of proper infrastructure and the number of student enrolled has decreased. Many villagers in order to provide basic education to their children have shifted to the nearby villages and neighboring places but it is becoming a burden for the parents and the guardians as they have limited source of income.
During the visit itself the Minister instructed the officials concerned present to build temporary arrangement of seven classrooms for the school to be completed by March 2020. The school will have classes from I to V. He assured that while the school is being managed in temporary arrangement for the time being, a proposal for constructing new school building will be put forward to the Centre. He also urged the people that a survey be conducted for the villagers so that eligible beneficiary could be identified and benefit from the government schemes of various departments could be provided to them.
He stressed that the government focuses to work for inclusive growth of the people of the country abiding the motto of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas. He said that the visit has been made as a part of the ‘Reaching the Unreached’. He expressed that he is saddened to witness that the economic activity of the villagers has been disrupted losing their means of livelihood and belongings because of the dam.
He assured that he will appraise the matter to the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues and discuss for necessary steps to facilitate them with skill development training and provide them with economic activities so that they could be return to their normal economic activities. He also suggested that qualified youths of the area can be engaged for teaching the students.
Member ADC, Ukhrul Thanmi Kashung, teachers, students and locals interacted with the villagers.