New Delhi: A UP government affidavit presented before the Supreme Court on the sanitation facilities in the state run schools has revealed that at least Eighty five primary and upper primary schools lack drinking water whereas the students in at least 2024 schools are deprived of toilets.

Recently the Supreme Court had directed all the state governments to improve the facilities like drinking water and sanitation facilities in their schools. The court had said that many of the parents prefer not to send their children, especially the girls, to the government schools only because of the lack of such facilities. Expressing concern over the situation, the court said that it is a case of violation of the fundamental rights of education guaranteed to the students by the constitution.

In the affidavit presented on behalf of the UP government, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra said that there were a total of 21,482 secondary schools, both the government and private, in the state. Water and toilet facilities are available in all these schools. There are 1, 46,959 primary and upper primary schools in the state of which 1, 46,874 schools have drinking water facilities whereas 85 schools are still deprived of this facility. According to the affidavit, 55 such schools are located in the rural areas whereas 30 are located in the urban areas.

In its affidavit, the state government has claimed that it has sent a proposal to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry seeking fund to built toilets in the schools located in the urban areas which lack toilets.