After Sneha’s poem features in budget, Rs 7 cr allotted to school
Thiruvananthapuram: Sneha and her school are on cloud nine. Finance Minister Thomas Isaac kept his promise and informed the Assembly that Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned for GHSS Kuzhalmandham for a new building.
The school rose to fame after Finance Minister Thomas Isaac started his budget session speech for the year 2021-22 by reading out the poem written K Sneha, a class 7 student of the school.
Minister projected Sneha as the representative of the talents seen in public schools. Soon after media found out the dilapidated condition of her school and reported it. Following this, in a discussion in Mathrubhumi News, Isaac promised Sneha of new school building.
During the budget discussion in the Assembly, Opposition again criticized the government citing the conditions of Sneha’s school. Minister responded that Rs 3 crore was sanctioned for the school two years back but the works were delayed as the building plan was delayed. 1.5-acre land was also obtained free of cost for the new building. Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned cancelling the earlier Rs 3 crore, Isaac added.
A very critical issue has been brought to the attention of the government due to Sneha. There are 92 public schools in Kerala functioning in rented buildings. As the owners are not conducting maintenance works, students are forced to study in dilapidated buildings. A new project for renovation will be prepared, the minister said.