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How ‘Samajik Sikhyangan’ is taking social responsibility of Covid drop outs

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Agartala: The Covid 19 pandemic has not only battered the world economy but also dealt a major blow to the right to education.

With schools turning into deserted buildings and privileged ones accessing classes online, a large section of students who come from the lower slab of the society are left in lurch.

They have practically no amenities to get them taught, neither online classes through phone nor the TV for telecast classes. Such an instance came into notice at Mekhli Para tea garden where more than 70 children were staring at a dark future as their parents had, in a way, decided to send them for physical work as schools were shut for an uncertain period.

But, a group of young people belonging to various NGOs came forward to save them. The group had set up a small initiative, what they called “Samajik Sikhyangan(Social School)”.

The motive of the school was to reach out to the students who are dropped out of schools due to the pandemic situation or any other reason and work as a bridge between the children and the educational institutions.

As of now, the group has reinstated 70 children into the mainstream schools in Mekhli para tea garden area who slipped from the net of the education system mostly due to the pandemic. “We have got children from age groups that range from six years to 14 years. They have no access to education. They left schools and some of them have even started taking intoxicants. It was a hard job to rehabilitate everyone in the mainstream education system but we did it. It’s a success for us. It’s a success for the whole society”, said Jayanta Majumder, a volunteer teacher of the Samajik Sikhyangan.

“At a very young age they break apart from education. This can lead to a hazardous consequence. After entering their village first we did counselling of the children. We segregated them in different parts and tried to teach each of the groups according to their needs. Some of them needed basic knowledge of letters and numbers. Some of them were talented and a few of them were trapped in the clutches of various addictions. We did their counselling in different ways and after they were ready to join the schools we ensured their enrollment in the nearest government schools”, said Majumder.

According to him, it took more than two months to complete the task. Earlier the same group opened their school below Battala fly-over where they taught the street-children and rehabilitated them in various homes and schools. Their efforts have gained widespread appreciation in social media platforms.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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