Thane: The authorities of a residential
government-funded school for tribals near here has sent home
its 163 students as the institute had run short of foodgrains.
According to NGO Shramajivi Sanghatana, the Chas Tribal
Residential School of Mokhada block had sent 163 tribal
children back home due to lack of foodgrain stock.
The authorities forced the students to write leave
applications to make it appear that they have left on their
own, it said here today.
The Sanghatana activists met Jawahar Tribal Project
officer Namdev Patil and demanded an immediate probe into the
matter, following which he who visited the school and ordered
that all the students be recalled.
Asked the department concerned to initiate action against
the school authority, Patil also ordered an enquiry to find
out what led to the shortage of food supplied to the school
and whether any irregularities had taken place.