The State School Education and Literacy Department has issued a letter to all the deputy commissioners and district superintendents of education to link students studying in all government schools of the State with Kal Banaye: Chalo Jal Bachayein and Jal Shakti Abhiyan to ensure maximum conservation of water.
In the letter, Principal Secretary of the department, Amrendra Pratap Singh wrote, "There are around 46 lakh students studying in 36,000 government schools of the State. If the children are sensitized toward water conservation we can ensure water conservation in the future as well."
The letter pointed out that around 300 ml water is pumped out every time from a hand pump of which a student is able to consume only 50 to 100 ml water, while the rest is wasted.
To ensure that the water from running water sources or hand wash unit is not wasted the secretary directed construction of soak pits around such water sources.
The dimensions of soak pits have also been described. Schools having upto 300 students should have the soak pit with dimensions 1.4 X 1.4 X 1.2 mts while those having more than 300 students should have 1.8 X 1.8 X 1.4 mts dimension of soak pits.
The secretary also directed construction of rain water harvesting units on the terrace of every school to conserve water which can be used for works other than consuming, like washing utensils or hands.
The soak pit and rain water harvesting units have to be constructed as a part of the Swachchata Diwas celebrated in government schools on 19th of every month.
The officers of school administration have to be made aware about soak pit and rain water harvesting using videos.
The secretary has also directed ensuring proper cleanliness activities to be carried out in schools on every working day.
Van Mahotsav has to be celebrated in every school and kitchen gardens to be established too.
The secretary also asked the schools to follow the footsteps of Godda district of outsourcing the work of cleaning of toilets, class rooms and campus to ensure cleanliness.
The source of finance for these works would be the funds from 14th finance commission, CSR, school development funds, support from teachers and students, school development aid, MGNREGA and support from MPs and MLAs.
The participation of child cabinet, school management committees, teachers and parents-teachers association will also have to be ensured in these development works.