State tourism minister Gautam Deb has expressed concern as the ‘camps’ set up by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh( RSS) in schools in Siliguri. Mr Deb today asked the district administrations to look into such activities. He said such practices in the education sector were alarming.
“The RSS is organising camps at a school. It is very alarming. I have discussed the issue with the district magistrates, they will look into it. I will inform Nabanna, the state secretariat and will bring the issue to the notice of the education department. Such camps are not acceptable in the government recognised schools. The schools are meant for education. Any kind of brain washing at the early age of the students is completely unwanted,” said Mr Deb today.
He said that he had received reports about such ‘camps’ at Sarada Sishu Tirtha which is located at ward 41 and comes under his Assembly constituency, Dabgram-Fulbari. “I have visited the schools on some occasions and had recommended for the upgradation of one such school at Fulbari but setting up of camps and spreading a particular ideology among the little students are not at all desirable. Even we would not have carried out any such activities in the schools,” Mr deb said.
The schools are run by the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan, North Bengal, the education wing of the RSS. The RSS, however, rejected the allegations, saying the statements made by Mr Deb was not true. “The statements made by Mr Deb are not true. We are organising a five-daylong ‘Samata Barga’, a programme of our the organisation beginning 10 October, so there is no question of involving the students of the school. It is only that the programme is being held in the school campus. He should have made the comment after getting proper information,” said a senior RSS functionary.