Maoists have an agenda and that is against the government’s policies but are they ant-society also? This question came in my mind when read the news that the Maoists are now blowing up school buildings in Chhattisgarh.
The worst part of the story is that the government is finding itself unable to provide security to save the schools. The local administration has also done nothing to restart the damaged schools. Now, the school education has received big blow in the districts of Bastar region, Chhattisgarh.
There are at least 640 villages in the highly naxal-affected region. The presence of the security forces in school buildings is the major factor that drives thousands of children out of schools every year. The government data says that more than 75,000 school students of the age group 6-14 years have left schools during 2006-07.
According to the data, some1,31,232 students of the age group 6-11 years registered their names in different schools in the region in the same year. Some 40,787 students have dropped out. In the age group of 11-14 years, 57,486 students took admission but 34,471 students dropped out. In the last two years, the extremists have also blown up around 250 school buildings.
The government and the local administration have blamed the Maoists for damaging the school education system in the region. Now, this is being said that the government is now planning to take some steps to restart the schools ion the region with full security cover.
On the other hand, the Maoists says that the security forces use the school building as base camps to launch attacks on them so, they destroy the school buildings. While, the government officials accepted that security forces and the campaigners of Salwa Judum use the school buildings but they never use the premises to launch attacks on Naxalites.
Minister for SC/ST Development Ganesh Ram Bhagat said that the government is about to take a decision that the schools would be shifted from extra-sensitive Naxalite areas to to comparatively safe areas to continue children’s studies.
The Schedule Tribes Development Department is responsible to run more than 2500 schools in Naxal affected districts of Dantewara, Bastar, Kanker, Bijapur and Narayanpur. 100 schools have been already shifted to safe place. Maoists are making the future of the state dark by hitting the base of education system in the region.