Govt quarters turns into cattle shed

Govt quarters turns into cattle shed

Pleas on deaf ears

lacking care: The vacant quarters meant for Superintendents of Government School for Blind and Deaf at Tilaknagar in Mysore. dh photo

The superintendent of the school lives outside the campus, contrary to the requirement. In the case of the adjacent School for Deaf, too, the superintendent does not live on the premises.

Such lack of responsibility shown by the heads of the schools located in Tilaknagar has affected supervision and monitoring, putting students’ safety at risk.

Many of the students of both schools leave the premises and walk around the city at night, and run the risk of being run over by vehicles.

It was in 1970 that the government constructed the residential quarters for superintendents and wardens to enable them to live on the campus and look after the students’ needs.

As per the government guidelines, the superintendents in charge of both schools must stay in the headquarters and in their residential quarters to deliver their duty systematically. The staff quarters have been provided water, power and other facilities.

Students of both schools complained to Deccan Herald that the superintendents of the Blind School and Deaf School resided outside the school, and were in the campus only during school hours.

Only a warden of the Deaf School stayed in his official quarters. The quarters of the incumbent warden and superintendents of the Government School for Blinds and Deaf are lying vacant.   

Illegally occupied

The students said a retired physical eduction teacher of the Blind School had occupied the superintendent’s quarters illegally, using the vacant quarters for rearing cows and dumping cow dung in the vacant space located behind the quarters.

Neither the officers of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, nor Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta who is the chairman of the the Schools Development Committee of the two schools have bothered to evict the encroachers, even after complaints from students.

Besides, these quarters are being used by outsiders for consuming alcohol, prostitution and other illegal activities at night.

The absence of the officials had put the life of more than 200 deaf and blind students at risk after office hours.

Some residents of the Blind and Deaf School leave the hostel without seeking permission to roam the streets of the city.

“In case any blind or deaf student is run over by a speeding vehicle while crossing the road without any supporters, who is to be held responsible,” asks Prakash, a senior student of the Government Blind School.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Superintendent of Government School for Blind, Krishnegowda, and Superintendent of Government School for Deaf Srinivas said they could not stay in these quarters as it was an old building with tiled roof that leaked during rain, with no water supply. They had written several times to the Public Works Department, the Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare Department, seeking funds for repair, but to no avail.

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