Srinagar: Chief Education Officer (CEO) Srinagar, Munshi Javed on Sunday distributed free uniforms and books among the flood-affected school children in several areas around the Dal lake.
In a statement, a spokesman said that uniforms and books provided by Voluntary Health Association (VHAI) and J&K Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) were distributed among children at Tinda Mohalla, Bhalla Mohalla and Bhat Mohalla.
Speaking on the occasion, the CEO said that the Education department would like to join hands with NGOs in order to achieve the goal of total literacy as “there are many pockets within Srinagar where girl education is a matter of concern.”
He assured that a school would be recommended to be opened in the area, as the locals have to travel a long distance that too in boats to the nearest school.
The statement further detailed that as part of livelihood generation programme, the NGOs had organized a self help group of 15 girls stitched the uniforms. “The stitching charges were paid by the NGO to the group. A savings bank account was also opened in their favour and the charges of the uniform were paid in the account by VHAI. These uniforms were distributed amongst 253 identified children of these three islands,” he added.
Secretary J&K State Social Welfare Board Aamir Ali, representatives of JKVHA and elders of the three mohallas and local youth volunteers were also present on the occasion, the spokesman said.
The locals and the CEO appreciated the efforts of the VHAI and JKVHA, the statement said.