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Dist. admn asks corporate houses to provide ‘quality’ desks, benches for schools

Jamshedpur, Aug. 2: The East Singhbhum district administration organized a meeting on corporate social responsibility (CSR), which was chaired by the district deputy commissioner Amit Kumar with representatives of the corporate sector at the district collectorate on Tuesday evening.

The corporate houses were directed to include provision of ‘quality’ desk and benches in state-owned schools in their CSR calendar plan for the year 2016-17.

“We discussed over different areas of CSR being implemented by the corporate houses. Moreover, the district education department has submitted a list of schools which has shortcomings in terms desk and benches and we have asked the corporate houses including public sector units to provide the same so that they can take up schools for providing desk and benches close to their area of operation and include it in their CSR planning,” said Kumar.

He went on to inform that the corporate houses will have to submit their list, including name of schools which they intend to supply desk and benches to the administration by August 8. This apart they will also have to submit about their CSR works done in 2015-16 by August 8.

The deputy commissioner further said that administration team will also conduct surprise visits to monitor the ‘quality’ of desk and benches provided by corporate sectors to schools after it is supplied in school.

It may also be mentioned, the chief minister Raghubar Das will chair a meeting with deputy commissioners of all districts on CSR at Ranchi on August 9.

East Singhbhum district superintendent of education (DSE), Banke Bihari Singh who was also present at the meeting said that the list of medium and primary schools have been submitted to the administration.

“We are in need of the quality desks and benches and hope to get it. In the district there are around 1900 primary and medium schools which have a shortfall in terms of desk and benches. We have made a comprehensive list of schools, their names and areas for the convenience of corporate entities,” the DSE said.

Incidentally, the chief minister had earlier this year announced in public meetings in city that by 2018 the government intends to provide all state owned schools with good quality desk and benches.

The corporate sectors were also asked to take up ‘smart class’ concept in state-owned high schools in the districts.

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