‘Corrupt’ Indian official’s house turned into school

The slum children are delighted at their new school building

The house of a senior Indian civil servant on trial for corruption has been turned into a school for slum children.

Shiv Shankar Verma had his property in the Bihar state capital, Patna, confiscated under new state laws.

Mr Verma denies amassing wealth disproportionate to his income.

It is thought to be the first time such a law has been used in this way in India, which has been hit by a series of corruption scandals.

The school opened on Thursday to the delight of about 100 children, mainly from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community.

Our previous school building was dilapidated and stinking from every corner”

End Quote Amit Kumar Student of new school

Hope

Mr Verma’s three-storey house in the Rukunpura area of Patna was seized on Sunday as part of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s drive against corruption in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.

Shiv Shankar Verma's house turned into school

The new school is much bigger than the pupils' old one

The civil servant is charged with accumulating more than $335,000 in illegal wealth.

“The palatial house is now a government primary school,” said a senior government official, Anjani Kumar Singh.

Most of the pupils at Primary School Rukunpura are from the Musahar (rat-eater) community. They were visibly excited at their new premises.

“Our previous school building was dilapidated and stinking from every corner… this one is quite new and well-maintained. We’ll enjoy coming here every day to study,” said Amit Kumar who is in his third year at primary school.

Source: BBC News Read more

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