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Remove armed forces personnel from Sunsari Primary School's premises and take action against similar other cases which amounts to violation of Right To Education of children.

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I would like to bring to your attention the plight of primary students from Sunsari Primary School, a government school at Bijanbari Samastey falling under Darjeeling District in West Bengal.

During the winter vacations through the months of December, January and February, the schools in Darjeeling are shut down. At times, during this break, school premises are used for various purposes. In one such instance, the above mentioned school's premise has been occupied by Rapid Action Force personnel since December 2013 and though the academic session for 2014 has already started, it is yet to be vacated. Due to this, the primary students are forced to study out in the open while their classes are occupied by the RAF force. The government must work on providing alternate lodging arrangement for RAF so that the classrooms are vacated to serve the purpose that they are meant for. There are reports of students falling ill due to sitting under the sun for lengthy periods.

This is gross injustice to the children who mostly belong to the lower middle class strata and it also violates their Right to Compulsory Education and entitlement to Full Time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality as per the RTE act. A number of petitions have been submitted to the Block development Office and the Police Department but no action has been taken yet by the local authorities.

We demand immediate vacation of the school premises of Sunsari School as well as other schools by RAF and strong action against the appropriate officers who fail to address this issue of violation of a fundamental right of our children.

Thank you very much.

Bishal Lama



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