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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM (IST)

Give safai sewaks or let kids sweep floors, schools to dept

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 15

The Centre Head Teacher of the Government Elementary School, Sargundi, Block Goraya-1 has written to the Director School Education seeking a post of safai sewak at the school, a post which is presently lacking. Writing about the problem of lack of cleanliness at the school, the school authorities have stated that due to the lack of any safai sewaks at the school, students have been forced to carry out all the cleanliness works at school.

In his letter written to the Education Secretary of the state, the school head stated that while there had recently been many controversies over the cleaning or sweeping of schools by children, the government hadn’t yet provided a single safai sewak to any of the elementary schools in the state.

They have also written that the village panchayat is not assisting them in any way to ensure the cleanliness of the school. The school had written to the gram panchayat seven times to seek the cleanliness of the premises, but they received no response.

The school has sought an immediate deputation of a permanent or part time safai sewak at the school, stating that if the permanent or part time safai sewak is not provided immediately, then the department should send a written correspondence on who shall carry out the cleanliness job, and how.

The school in charge has also sent videos of children sweeping the school to the department authorities.

School in-charge and Centre Head Teacher of the cluster Kuldip Kaura, while talking to The Tribune, said, “Till date, the cleaning job at schools was being carried out by students because there are no safai sewaks. The school staff is hapless. We are forced to pay from own pockets to carry out cleanliness and sweeping. We have recently hired a cleaner at Rs 500 per month – which is being paid by me - to ensure cleanliness in school. The complaints to the village panchayat on the issue have also fallen on deaf ears.”

DEO Jalandhar, Rampal said, “The department, so far, doesn’t have a provision for safai sewaks in schools. I am aware of the grievances of the said schools but I am only an implementing agency, not a policy maker. Unless posts of safai sewaks are sanctioned from the top, there is little we can do about the issue.”

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