Malnourished children were rescued from a private school by the district Child Welfare Committee in the presence of police at Mahulpal village on Saturday.
The members of the CWC had received allegations that children were being engaged in agricultural operations and were not looked after properly at the particular residential school.
As many as 48 children (boys and girls) are studying from Class I to VIII. They belong to Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Mayurbhanja, Keonjhar and other districts, most of them are tribals and backward communities. District Child Welfare Committee members Dr Premananda Sahoo and Shanti Mishra and district Child protection officer Anuradhan Goswami,police personnel visited the school.
They found that they children were engaged in transplantation of paddy. The children alleged that they were not provided adequate food and the infrastructural facilities were poor.
Last year the CWC had rejected applications of the school management to permit children stay in the school premises on the ground that the school does not have the required infrastructure, space, sanitation etc.CWC member Dr Premananda Sahoo said the committee will ask the district administration to close the school on grounds of violation of child rights.
Parents will be requested to shift their children to other educational institutions. We will send these children to their parents soon and now they are under observation , Dr Sahoo informed. Kamakshyanagar Subcollector Kalpataru Behera said he has asked the block education officer to conduct an inquiry.