Puttenahalli is a suburban area in Bangalore, Karnataka (India). It remained a rural area until the 1970s. Majority of the locality depends on occupations such as carpentry, painting, farming, gardening, and housekeeping. But, classifying still as a rudimentary economy, the people of Puttenhali often deal with issues with no accessible resolution.
To act as the pioneer for change and better living, GMPS Puttenahalli School formed a cabinet on 9th July 2020.
Every year, the school holds elections to identify young and capable leaders. Clubbed with strong aspirations such as becoming teachers, doctors, and IPS officers, they work at the ground level to understand and resolve immediate problems.
The cabinet takes an active role in maintaining cleanliness and reducing waste. Mindful food allocation ensures full-consumption and minimal to no wastage. The uniform is essentialized and provided to all, ensuring commonality, discipline, and neutral ground for the students. Discipline is also maintained. When students are found not wearing the uniform, they are fined ₹15 for the same. Cleanliness is ingrained in their daily routine, ensuring they do not form unhygienic or poor health habits.
The cabinet has addressed serious locality issues, such as garbage piling. The school’s backyard was used as an open garbage disposal area by the students and residents.
The cabinet wrote a letter to the BBMP, signed and stamped by the Headmaster, requesting to relocate the dump. The BBMP officials immediately took action and removed the garbage pile within two days.
Snakes too often visited the campus. The cabinet again with conjoined efforts from the local government, cleared the area and ensured a snake-free zone for the children.