New Delhi, April 22: The administration of Anantnag, which is 57 km south of Srinagar, was awarded excellence for large-scale construction of toilets in schools, under the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ category for hill states for constructing separate toilets for boys and girls in over 1,500 schools of the district.
An elated Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag, said it was a massive exercise and the dream was turned into a reality through effective community mobilisation.
The Anantnag Assembly constituency was represented by the late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
Shah while receiving the award from Prime Minister at a function said that, it was a it was a massive exercise to construct a large number of toilets there and therefore closed the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, to ensure that the quality was not compromised.
He added that the construction of toilets had resulted in an increase in attendance and decline in the dropout rate.
There are 1,555 government schools, 45 higher secondary, 124 high schools, 695 middle and 691 primary schools in the district catering to a large number of marginalised and poor people living in the area.
Shah said that this was possible because of the previous Deputy Commissioners and the hard work of all staff of the education department