Protest over move of KV closure plan in Bokajan

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HT Correspondent

Bokajan, Feb 20: Parents and guardians of students studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) at CCI staged a dharna in front of Cement Corporation of India (CCI) factory gate here to register their protest against the reported move to close the school from the next month.

The parents of the students of the school submitted a memorandum to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the Bokajan sub divisional officer (SDO) urging him to take up the matter with the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) urgently.

Sources said the school has been facing an acute shortage of fund which has affected the institutional affairs. The school was set up in 1986 for the children of CCI employees. However, as the Bokajan CCI factory is on the verge of closure, uncertainty looms over the fate of 402 students and 7 other contractual teachers of the school ahead of the 2018-19 academic session. There is an apprehension among the parents that the authorities will close the school at any time.

The parents sought the intervention of local MLA Dr Numal Momin into the prevailing situation. In a public meeting held at Bibah Bhawan in Bokajan, Dr Momin assured that the school would not be closed in any circumstance. A committee was constituted involving MLA Dr Momin and VMC members to make alternative arrangements for the school. The delegation met the KV Sangathan’s divisional commissioner in Guwahati who clearly stated that the CCI authorities will not provide further financial assistance to the school for clearing the staff dues.

The CCI Bokajan plant was declared sick and subjected under BIFR in 1996. The centre had released Rs 140 Crore for expansion of the plant in 2007, but, much to the surprise only 30℅ of the expansion work has been completed even after 11 years.

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