Siliguri, 18th July: In the past few days, North Bengal has been witnessing an extreme rise in heat and constant high temperature. The extreme surge in the temperature is making the common people worried. The most difficulty that is being faced is by the school students. Many students are reported that have fallen sick due to the extreme heat.
On July 15, Siliguri MLA Shankar Ghosh wrote a letter to State Education Minister Bratya Basu urging to shift the timings of the schools in North Bengal to morning. Pushing forward the request, members of BJP Siliguri Organizational District handed over a memorandum to SDO Shrinivas Patil addressed to Darjeeling DM S. Ponnambalam at the SDO Office.
After submitting the memorandum, Yuva Morcha District President, Arijit Das stated that the schools were shut down across the state when there was a heat surge in South Bengal, while the weather in North Bengal was very pleasant. He further questioned whether the state government is taking any steps and paying attention to the rise in temperature over North Bengal.
The BJYM also accused the state of not paying any heed to the students of North Bengal and in a way endangering the lives of the children as they are getting sick day by day. Furthermore, the conditions in the school have gone from bad to worse under the Siliguri division. In some schools, the students do not have access to safe clean drinking water and some even lack adequate fans in the classrooms. The BJYM President further stated that the SDO assured to look into the said matter and hope that the matter is taken seriously.