Sachin Tendulkar provides financial support to school in West Bengal
Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is certainly taking his role of a Rajya Sabha MP very seriously as he continues to extend support to those in dire need. A school located in the Midnapore district of West Bengal had sent a written request to Tendulkar seeking funds to set up a proper infrastructure. The iconic cricketer reportedly obliged and donated over Rs 70 lakh to Swarnamoyee Sasmal Sikhsa Niketan which is currently being put to use in the school’s development.
When the school staff decided to take this step, they had no expectations that their plea will be considered. However, they were overwhelmed when Sachin gave the school a sum of Rs 76 lakh under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme. Speaking about the gesture, headmaster Uttamkumar Mohanty said, “The realisation hasn’t yet sunk in. We have no words to express our gratitude.”
It is heard that a library, a common room for girls and a laboratory are already being constructed at the school and nearing completion. The letter requesting for funds had been sent by the school administration back in 2014 and they received a response from Sachin Tendulkar within six months.
The reply from Indian great stated, “I wish to inform you that I have recommended to the honourable district collector Bandra, Mumbai, that funds be released to you for the above project. I understand that the honourble district collector of Bandra has further processed my recommendation and has provided necessary details to the honourable collector exercising jurisdiction in your area.”
Headmaster Mohanty is now looking to approach re-instated Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for further financial support to develop the school. While campaigning for her party Trinamool Congress during the recent elections in the state, Banerjee had promised to give voters whatever they want if they help her win.
The school is also planning to invite Tendulkar to disclose the new facilities once everything is in place. “We will write to the MP to be present with us when we unveil the new infrastructure,” added the headmaster. The Swarnamoyee Sasmal Sikhsa Niketan was built around 50 years ago and houses as many as 900 students at present.