While the government machinery and voluntary bodies are promoting the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign and taking up various activities, the students of Government Primary School Sripuram in Marpally mandal of Ranga Reddy district continue to study in unhygienic conditions.
A group of officials, who were inspecting different mandals of Ranga Reddy district on Thursday, were aghast to notice children eating their mid-day meal amid dirt and filth. The students washed their plates and hands before lunch, even as the school compound lay filled with garbage all around.
Locals pointed out that despite the gram panchayat office being located close to the school, the authorities had not bothered to clean up the premises. "It is a shame to see that children, who are the future of the country, are staying in unclean environs while the leaders are running campaigns to promote cleanliness and hygiene," said a local resident.
The people also complained that the school had no boundary wall, as a result of which, stray dogs and pigs were also loitering around its premises in the day.
When contacted, Mandal Education Officer, Marpally, K. Narsimhulu, claimed that the premises of the school was clean but "because of the absence of a boundary wall, locals were dumping garbage and trash". "Two rooms of the school were demolished recently and after reconstructing it, we plan to construct a water tank on the premises," he said.