Punjab Govt Allocates Over Rs 27 Crore for Renovation of Flood-Affected Schools
After a week-long closure due to heavy rains and floods, schools in Punjab have reopened to welcome back students. However, there are still some educational institutions that remain shut due to ongoing flooding and infrastructure damage. In response to this pressing issue, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has taken decisive action, allocating a substantial amount of Rs 27.77 Crore to repair the government schools affected by the floods in the state. Out of this allocation, Rs 20 Crore will be directed towards primary schools, while Rs 7.77 Crore will be provided to secondary schools. The responsibility for carrying out essential repairs and ensuring a safe learning environment for students lies with the school management.
Announcing this significant development, Punjab Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains took to social media to inform the public. He wrote, "As per the instructions of Honourable Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, a grant of Rs. 27.77 Crore is being released with immediate effect to the government schools in Punjab affected by the rain and floodwater. This amount will range from Rs. 5 thousand to Rs. 30 thousand per school. Primary schools will receive Rs. 20 Crore, and secondary schools will be provided with Rs. 7.77 Crore. The school heads and management committees will utilize this funding for essential repairs, cleaning, painting, and other necessary works."
The recent heavy rains in Punjab and other parts of Northern India have caused significant damage to various infrastructures, with schools and colleges being particularly affected by waterlogging, structural issues, and damage to equipment. In response to the scale of the damage, Harjot Singh Bains announced that a special survey will be conducted to assess the extent of the destruction caused by the heavy rains and floods. This survey will play a crucial role in determining the allocation of funds for the renovation and maintenance of the affected schools.
Despite ongoing relief work in the Sangrur district of Punjab, there have been reports of new breaches in Dhussi Bundhs along the Ghaggar River. One of these breaches, measuring 150 feet in width, occurred in Mansa. Prompt action has been taken by the authorities to prevent further damage. With water levels reaching up to 6 feet in some areas, the safety of residents is at risk, prompting authorities to urge villagers to evacuate and move to safer locations as a precautionary measure.