Lucknow: A 32-member delegation of the National Defence College (NDC), which is currently in Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday visited a government primary school in Baskhi ka Talab area of the state capital and appreciated the make-over of campuses that was done under Yogi government’s dream project Operation Kayakalp.
The NDC, comprising six army officers from Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Afghanistan, went around the campus and were largely impressed by the cleanliness and upkeep of classrooms and staff rooms.
Sharing their thoughts with the school staff, the delegation members said Operation Kayakalp has changed the very face of government schools in UP.
The high-ranking delegation also visited an anganwadi centre and congratulated the government officials for their efforts. The delegation, said government officials, was 'pleasantly surprised' to know that over 93,000 primary schools out of 1.3 lakh in UP have already undergone transformation in terms of infrastructure and were now all set for installation of modern facilities in the classrooms and teaching tools.
The members of delegation also raised queries about the government's scheme on providing free books, school bags, shoes, socks and sweaters to the primary school students facing financial hardships. The officials were told that with CM’s efforts, the basic education department saw an increase of 54 lakh students this year.
Praising the Yogi government for doing such a great work for the makeover of anganwadi centres, the delegation members noted that anganwadi centres were aptly interactive and more child-friendly.
“Facilities like creche and smart teaching and learning aid available at these centres are meaningful,” said a member of the delegation. They also stopped by a pond where the delegation was told that the UP government has announced that a pond will be built in every village - an initiative to be financed through MNREGA to provide employment to migrant labourers.
Rohit Sharma, senior Indian Revenue Service officer and coordinating officer of the delegation, said that the visiting officers, drawn from various armed forces and civil departments, were completely smitten by the beauty and flawless maintenance of these places.
They were also briefed by additional chief secretary, department of micro, small and medium enterprises, Navneet Sehgal about the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme, the flagship initiative of the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government.