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Image: Danseuse Alokananda Roy , Bandhan-Konnagar founder Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, and Consul General Craig L Hall at the event in Kolkata today.  

Kolkata: Bandhan-Konnagar, a not-for-profit organisation, which has stakes in Bandhan Bank, has decided to set up 20 higher secondary schools in Bengal to provide free-of-cost education to underprivileged children.

Bandhan-Konnagar founder Chandra Shekhar Ghosh made the announcement as the organisation today celebrated its 18th anniversary at a city hotel. Among others, Craig L Hall, the US Consul General in Kolkata, was present.

“We have been providing informal education to needy children up to class-III through our 3,100 learning centres across seven states. Now, we have decided to set-up higher secondary schools so that the children from the learning centres can be offered formal education from classes III to XII,” he said.

According to Ghosh, to start with they will set up 20 such schools in Bengal by the year 2020. The schools will be English medium ones affiliated to the CBSE.

This apart, Bandhan-Konnagar will set up 100 drinking water treatment plants in rural areas of the country over the next five years. “We have five such treatment plants now from which we supply 20 litres water a day to each underprivileged family at a marginal cost of 90 paise a litre,” said Ghosh..