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Farook move to restore school’s glory
- Governor asks Netarhat principal to take steps to fill vacancies, improve facilities

Ranchi, Jan. 22: Governor M.O.H. Farook today asked the authorities concerned to pull up their socks and revive Netarhat Residential School in Latehar district, after being prompted by several renowned alumni about the sorry state of their alma mater.

During a review meet of the renowned state-run school at Raj Bhavan, Farook issued directives to officials to ensure the students did not face any problems in getting quality education.

“The principal has been directed to send a list of vacant posts in the school. Besides, the governor asked the officials concerned to ensure that the school building is repaired by improving infrastructure with a computerised library, well-equipped laboratories and Internet facilities, among others,” said Raj Bhavan spokesperson Shyamanand Jha, quoting the governor.

The governor, who had recently toured the picturesque Netarhat valley and visited the school and nearby tourist spots with his family members, also asked the principal to provide quality food to the students of the residential school.

Today’s meeting, chaired by the governor, was attended by development commissioner S.K. Choudhary, home secretary J.B. Tubid, governor’s principal secretary Sudhir Tripathi, human resource development secretary Mridula Sinha and mines secretary N.N. Sinha, among others.

The Netarhat valley also holds importance from the tourism point of view. Keeping this in mind, Farook asked government officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply throughout the year in the area, apart from quality drinking water, smooth roads for better connectivity and street lights.

The development commissioner said the government would request the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) to set up a power sub-station in Netarhat.

From a tourism standpoint, there is a need to set up quality cottages and buildings to accommodate tourists. Notably, the tourism department is setting up a new tourist complex in Netarhat, with financial assistance from the Union government.

The participants in the meeting expressed concern over buses not plying on the Netarhat-Betla National Park route during evening hours and night because of threats posed by Naxalites. The scenic route also passes by Lodh falls, the highest waterfall in Jharkhand.

Netarhat Residential School has been a virtual mine for prospective IITians and IAS officials. Senior officials such as Sinha and Tubid were students of the prestigious school that now admits students in Class VI through an entrance test held by the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC).

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