Reopening schools from July 1 will be disastrous, says Congress

Mysuru, June 4:- Mysuru City and District Congress Committee has criticised the government’s decision to reopen schools from July 1. “Is it necessary to start schools at this juncture? The state government is trying to pass the responsibility on to the parents. If schools reopen, who will be responsible for the health of children? Who will teach the children about social distancing? Who will make children wear face masks? They are bound to play together. Already 800 children in the state have tested positive for coronavirus. It will be disastrous to reopen schools now,” said city Congress spokesperson S Rajesh at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club on Thursday (June 5).

“Parents are opposing the decision of the government on schools. If children go to school and get infected with coronavirus, it will affect their family members as well. It would be better not to open schools for the next two months. Duration of schools and the syllabus should be reduced,” he said.

“State government is doing religion-based discrimination. Muslim population in India is more than 40 crore. They work in scrap shops, beedi units and garages. Government has not provided them with any compensation. The state government has neglected the Muslim community. It should announce Rs 10,000 to each of them. A special package should be announced to reopen Reid & Taylor factory at Nanjangud to protect the lives of thousands of employees. Christian Development Board should be started and Rs 500 crore should be dedicated to it. Hotel owners are also affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. They should be exempted from paying building tax this year. Many working classes have not yet received their compensation which should also be addressed,” he added.

Rural Congress secretary Basavaraj Naik, Raghavendra, Sunanda Kumar, secretary Manju and others were present. (MR/KS)

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