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PM succour follows school SOS
- Moved by students’ plight in Dhubri, Manmohan Singh releases Rs 10 lakh
Work on at the school building

Dhubri, June 18: For nearly 700 students of Poyasti Dimatola High School in a remote char area of Assam’s Dhubri district, the word “school” till the other day meant a thatched hut with no walls and a roof through which rainwater seeped in.

Not anymore. Help has come from none other than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself.

Moved by the students’ plight (brought to his notice by the school management committee), Singh has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Area Development Fund for construction of a school building.

“After listening patiently to the problems faced by inhabitants of the char areas, the Prime Minister assured us that he would do the needful. A few weeks back, Dhubri deputy commissioner Ganesh Kalita received Rs 10 lakh from Singh and construction of the school building has started,” Dhubri MP Anwar Hussain said.

For students like Sajid Hussain, Singh’s help will mean that they will no longer have to suffer during the winter months when bitter winds from the Brahmaputra, only half-a-kilometre away, , make them shiver.

“It will be nice to go to a pucca school. At least our books will not get wet when its rains,” he added.

The school, under the Birsing-Jarua development block, is only a few kilometres from Dhubri town.

While expressing gratitude to Singh the MP said he had earlier apprised him of the poor socio-economic condition of people living in these areas.

The secretary of the Poyasti Dimatola construction committee, Azhar Ali, said construction had started after the foundation stone was laid by Hussain on May 11.

According to Dhubri district’s senior planning officer Rajani Kumar Deka, the first instalment of Rs 5 lakh was released to the construction committee last month and the remaining amount will follow on submission of the utilisation certificate.

Construction of the school building has to be completed in three months, Deka said.

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