The Hush Post| 4:04 pm|one-minue-read|
Is Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira on the verge of a shutdown? Even after a good ranking on the list of Sainik Schools in the country, Sainik School at Sujanpur Tira (SSST), could be headed for closure if help doesn’t come about.
Sainik School Sujanpur Tira sends second-highest number of cadets among a total of 27 Sainik Schools. Till now 429 Army officers have been groomed from this institution. The most number of cadets are sent from Sainik School, Ghora Khaal.
The then prime minister Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the school in 1974. It was inaugurated by Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy four years later.
Since the school falls in Hamirpur, the parliamentary constituency of Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, he should be the first to take note of the prevailing condition here. I have raised the issue of the school in the recent session of the Assembly. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had assured to give funds to the school. This is what Rajinder Rana, MLA, Sujanpur said.
The school has also written to the Ministry of Defence to issue funds to improve the condition of the school.
According to a news report, the authorities of the school are running from pillar to post to get the land transferred from the state government. Since the land and building of the school are maintained by the state government, it is difficult for the school authorities to get the funds from the MoD. This has further hampered the development of the school. The school was to sign an MoU with the state government on the day of its establishment. However, even after 40 years, the files are gathering dust in different departments of the state.
Moreover, the condition of the buildings, including hostels, classrooms, quarters and dining halls, has turned from bad to worse. The restrooms have broken doors, hostel rooms have broken window panes and the tin roof had perforated from many places.
The condition of toilets was extremely pathetic. The sewer usually remains blocked and need complete reconstruction.
The sorry state of the building is reflected from the fact that fungus has grown on the walls. Dampness further adds to unhealthy conditions at the hostel.
The condition of electric fitting is no different in the entire campus, as the insulation of the service wires has lived its life. Naked wires can be seen at several points causing short-circuits on regular intervals. This is unsafe for the students.
“I met Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to get the MoU signed. Despite repeated requests, only lame assurances were given and no funds have been released so far. I have written to the MoD to consider giving funds to the school or close it down, as in existing conditions, it will be difficult to run the school. Over 75 per cent seats in the school are reserved for students of the state and the government should not ignore this prestigious institution of the state,” Group Captain Amit Paul, Principal of the school was quoted as saying in a news report.