Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has donated around Rs 76 lakh to a high school in West Midnapore district, West Bengal, to boost its infrastructure. The former cricketer sent the money earlier this year after staff at Swarnamoyee Sasmal Sikhsa Niketan had requested financial aid to improve infrastructure, reported Hindustan Times.
Tendulkar donated the money under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development scheme. Now, construction of a library, a laboratory and a common room for girls are underway at the school. The school will invite the retired cricketer for the inaugural ceremony of the new facilities. “We will write to the MP to be present with us when we unveil the new infrastructure,” said principal Uttamkumar Mohanty.
The 50-year-old school, which has around 900 students, had written a letter to Tendulkar two years ago, divulging their plans for a library room, laboratory and a common room for girls. Six months later, the Rajya Sabha MP responded, saying the funds were being released. “The realisation hasn’t yet sunk in. We have no words to express our gratitude,” the school principal said.