‘Generous’ Jaya sanctions more funds for Gorakhpur school


Even as bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan failed to fulfill his dream of establishing a college in the name of his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai at Barabanki district, his wife and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan has sanctioned around Rs 63.50 lakh from her MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) for a school in a remote village at Gorakhpur.

On Saturday, Jaya Bachchan personally came to Sangrampur village to lay the foundation of a science block at the school.

The school has been set up by Akshaywar Pratap Gupta, a native of Sangrampur. Gupta had gone to Mumbai in search of living nearly three decades ago. He started the work of painting and polishing furnitures. "It was just by chance that my father got work at Amitabhji's residence. Since then he continued working there quite often. We now have developed personal relations," said Amit Gupta, son of Akshyawar.

In 2003, Gupta started a school and Jaya came forward with a help of Rs 21 lakh from her MPLAD fund. Again in 2006-07 she sanctioned Rs 17.50 lakh for the same school. This time she again sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for a science building in the school, which has been named A P Gupta Inter College. "Our school is now established. We also have started a degree section in another school. Jayaji had asked us to start the PG section. We know she is always available for help, there is no need of verbal assurance," Amit said.

Jaya had also visited Gupta family twice. "We never celebrate our family functions alone. Everything has to be done 'at the hands of Bachchans'. We are lucky that she came twice for our functions," he added. In her previous tenure, Jaya had selected Azamgarh as the nodal district for her MPLAD funds. This time she has selected Bhadohi.

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