Children play scapegoats among warring heads

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Bangalore, July 20:Chhapra, Chhattarpur, Dhenkanal-these places have been hitting the headlines for the same saddening reasons-death of children due to the mid day meal disaster.

Chattarpur, however, is exemplary of yet another case of government ignorance and indifference to the requirements of the poor and the children. On July 18, A class II student was drowned in a pond, while attending nature's call as his school toilet was locked.

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While politicians play the blame game (as they always do after a mishap or a calamity), children continue to suffer. On second thoughts, one would understand the 'game plan'. Not being a part of the vote banks in India, the children are the most neglected. So, why consider them in development plans at all?!

Even if we forget the political indifference for a second, can we really forgive the governments for their callousness every now and then?

The Bihar government, for instance, is said to have returned a fund of Rs 500 crore to the centre (reports the TOI), which was meant for building schools, midday meal kitchens and education infrastructure for the poor. Add to it the glaring negligence of sitting on the money from 2006-2012.

This unusual step on the part of the Bihar government leads back to its track record of sitting on the money meant for various schemes; so opine auditors.

The Bihar Government's apathy to the state of children and their education has further comes to light when TOI reports that Rs 206.98 crore belonging to Bihar Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (BMSP) and Bihar State Education Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited was lying in bank accounts till late March 2012. It already had Rs 41.76 crore lying in other bank accounts, apart from 85.75 crore in BMSP's (secondary wing) accounts till March 2012.

If education for all is at the cost of the lives of little children, India would rather be in the darkness of illiteracy. At least that would not doom our future (whatever of it is left with us).

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