Govt to hand-over abandoned SSA School buildings to other departments

Srinagar, Jun 18: Concerned with the safety of hundreds of ‘abandoned’ SSA School buildings which were thrown unattended and unused owing to ‘School Merger policy’ from last many years , the government has now come up with a plan to hand over the buildings to other departments who were in dire need of buildings.
In a first, nearly eighty six school buildings have been identified in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. Sources said that Education Department has began the process to identify the safe -but abandoned school buildings in the district which would be handed over to Social Welfare , ICDS and Health departments as per their requirement.
The decision has come nearly month after a news agency carried a story on a school building having been converted into a storage shed for apple boxes by locals in Wagoora Zone of Baramulla district. There are hundreds of such buildings who were lying unattended owing to a government decision of merging schools with low student toll in 2017.
A senior officer in the district administration said that they have received directions from the Deputy Commissioner to provide a list of their requirements so that buildings are allotted to them.
Chief Education officer Baramulla G.M Lone said that nearly sixty buildings would be handed over to the district administration for keeping them at the disposal of other departments whereas, they would be retaining around twenty buildings for their own use.
“We would be keeping some buildings for book stores, ZEO offices, Conference halls and other such requirements. The rest would be handed over to the district administration soon.” Lone said.
Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr. G.N Itoo confirmed that instructions have been issued to various departments who would be requiring the facilities and the buildings would be handed over to them.
“Nearly eight six buildings have been identified in the Districts. Various departments like Social Welfare, ICDS, and Heath have approached with their requirements and we would be handing over these buildings to them,” Itoo said. (RNA)