The Deputy Commissioner Ri-Bhoi, Arpit Uphadhaya, today warned of strict action if recent allegations made against the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) school prove to be true.
The DC will await reports from the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department and Food Safety Inspector (FSI), which are expected in a day or two, before proceeding against the school authorities.
Students had complained about poor standards of food, water and hygiene at the school.
“We received information that there are several issues highlighted at the JNV Niangbari, mostly hygiene issues concerning water and food,” the DC said. “Immediately, we sent a magistrate to conduct an inspection along with officials from the PHE Department and FSI. We have received a report also regarding this.”
A meeting was also held with the Executive Engineer of the PHE Department and FSI. Tomorrow, senior officials from the Food Safety Commissionerate will also give their feedback into how to resolve the health and sanitation issues.
Regarding infrastructure shortfalls at the school, Uphadhaya said that, though the magistrate’s official report has yet to be submitted, the situation, prima facie, appears to be grim and the matter will be raised with the JNV school authorities.