In yet another shocking incident reported from Bihar, 57 school students of a government middle school of East Champaran district, who were on an excursion trip as part of Mukhyamantri Bihar Darshan Yojna, were made to sleep on the streets outside of Patna zoo.
The students, aged between 8 and 13, had traveled to historical places like Rajgir and Nalandar university, before making their way back to East Champaran district. But midway, the teacher who went along with the group claimed that the children were feeling sleepy, which meant he made them sleep on the road outside the zoo.
Area close to the zoo was a heavy traffic zone, and close to the CM's residence. Another teacher claimed that Rs 20000 was provided by the government for the complete trip, including the to and fro travel and snacks.
Taking note of the situation, the Bihar government ordered for a suspension of Anand Singh for making the children sleep on the streets at night.
The teacher, speaking exclusively to Republic TV, said, "Yes I made them sleep. We left the Nalanda University at 7 pm and reached here at 11 pm. We had no idea about this place, and thought the bus driver will have a clue. We thought the bus driver will know of a hotel nearby where the children can stay. The kids were hungry, so food also had to be given to them.
"The kids were tired, so in front of the zoo gate, we got to know that there was no hotel nearby. Somehow we got water for the kids from far, but had no clue where we will stay. Because we had no option, we got the made food there only. The children ate it, and then slept there only. In the morning, we had to pay Rs 500 to get the kids freshened up."
The surprising revelation which came out from this was that the teachers didn't come prepared for the necessary on this trip. "Who comes prepared for trips outside?" the teacher added.
Sanjay, another teacher, spoke about the 'Mukhyamantri Bihar Darshan Yojna', wherein he said that that government provides funds for the trip." The government provides Rs 20,000 for the complete trip. In our case, we have to given information to a BO about the complete trip. So we informed him that we are going to Patna," he added.