At least thirteen (13) school premises have been occupying by setting ‘tobacco markets’ with support of local musclemen hampering regular schooling activities in Lalmonirhat district. This fact has been revealed by one of the ATMA members S. Dilip Roy published in the Daily Star on 14 April, 2014.
The report says, tobacco markets have been arranged two days a week on these school grounds during April to June while students find it hard to move on their school premises, often their assembly is postponed, and bad smell from tobacco makes it hard to attend to lessons. The yearly tobacco markets has continued for years to buy leaves by company’s agent but the school authorities and local administration never take any step against it, added the report quoting the guardians at Saptibari village. When the DC was asked about this issue he told that he needs written complaints from the schools and then will taken action discussing with DEO & DPEO, the report says.
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