Many state-run schools in flood and erosion-prone riverine areas of Lakhimpur district do not have basic amenities like drinking water and toilets.

This came to light after the state government recently provincialised some of these schools.

The No. 2 Kaniajan LP School is one such lower primary school that does not have any drinking water facility.

Located in a riverine area of Bihpuria under Bihpuria elementary education block, the school, which is also known as Kaniajan New LP School, has two teachers and 32 students from Class I to V.

The school was established in 2003.

The same is the case of No. 1 Kaniajan Balichapori LP School.

Established in 1981, the school is located in the riverine area in Bihpuria under the Bihpuria elementary education block of Lakhimpur district.

This school with 2 teachers and 36 students has no building grant received from the state so far.

It also has no toilet.

However, a toilet has been constructed for the school by NHPC Limited under the CSR programme.

As flood and erosion are part of normal life in this riverine area, the schools here also face the wrath of nature annually.

This time, the Pabha Bhekeli LP School had to be shifted from its existing site to a nearby cultural stage in Pabha Bhekeli village in Bihpuria.

Established in 1956, this lower primary school is facing the threat from the fast-moving Subansiri river that flows just few meters away from it.

Unabated erosion by the river this time forced the villagers to shift the school by pulling out its metal roofs to a nearby cultural stage where temporary arrangements have been made to take classes.

The 429 Gomnadi LP School under Bogeenadi development block in Lakhimpur district currently has no roof.

The school was established in 1947.

These are only a few examples of the state of affairs of many state-run schools in Lakhimpur district.

Many of the schools still have not the minimum standards.

Farhana Ahmed

Farhana Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in North Lakhimpur. She can be reached at: farhana.ahmed777@gmail.com