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Speedy admission to fire-hit students

By G. Srinivasan

KUMBAKONAM, JULY 20. With all speed, the Government has ensured continuity of education to students of Sri Krishna High School here, which has remained closed since the July 16 fire.

According to the Thanjavur Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, 508 students have been admitted to various schools. "They are now attending classes."

Arrangements have been made to admit all 720 students of the ill-fated school to other institutions.

There were over 800 students in the school. Of them, 90 died and 12 are undergoing treatment in the Government Hospital here, two in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, four in the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital and one each is being treated in the Apollo Speciality Hospitals in Madurai and in the Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital at Thanjavur.

The students have been asked to choose from among the schools at Kumbakonam town. "

The parents have selected schools which are close to their houses and got admission," the Collector said.

The Government ensured that admission, uniforms, books and notebooks were provided free to the students.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said 77 children were admitted to nursery schools, 210 to Tamil medium primary schools, 181 to high schools and 40 to Education Guarantee Scheme centres at Natham, near Kumbakonam.

Works announced by the Collector for development of Natham, from where 13 victims hailed, have started. Road laying work is in progress and work on provision of group houses to the parents of the victims has been taken up.

The Collector promised to provide group houses to parents of the deceased in the first phase and to parents of the injured in the second phase.

He also promised to construct a primary school building in the village.

Orders for old-age pension to eight persons and pattas to four were given today at Natham.

The Collector held a meeting with the Revenue Divisional Officer of Kumbakonam and other officials and ordered that enumeration of schools with thatches be done and the list submitted before July 23.

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