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Gujarat CM launches ‘School on Wheels’ for children of salt pan workers

Pilot project launched as part of RTE to have 30 ‘School on Wheels’

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched a unique ‘School on Wheels’ as a pilot project for the children of salt pan workers at a function in Gandhinagar today in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel and Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma.

The idea is to provide infrastructure and teaching facility as part of Right to Education (RTE) for children in the 6-14 age groups studying in primary school from Class I to VIII.

It is in in collaboration with the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation, popularly known as ST. It involves retrofitting an unused standard bus with green board, PVC flooring, 18 writing desks, 3.7kv upgrade solar system, six ceiling fans and as many LED lights, TV, setup box, fire extinguisher, drinking water tank and louvres to ward off sandstorm or water at a cost of Rs.3.50-lakh.

The government will gradually modify 30 such buses for an estimated 1,200 children whose parents work in remote areas for professional, social and geographical reasons, particularly for those who have to stay near the salt pans six-to-eight months in a year from October to April, along the seacoasts of Kutch, Surendranagar, Banaskantha, Patan, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Bharuch districts.

In case the salt pan workers in a particular case are transferred to a place where there existed a brick-and-mortar school, the bus could be deployed elsewhere.

Others present at the time of launching ceremony included Social and Empowerment Minister Ishwarbhai Parmar, Ministers of State for Vibhavariben, Ishwarsinh Patel and Vasanbhai Ahir, Chief Secretary J.N. Singh, GSRTC MD Sonal Mishra and senior officers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat