Ram Saran Yadav, Principal of Rajkiya Krit Madhya Vidyalaya in Kedla of Ramgarh district of Jharkhand accepts that school administartion was facing severe difficulties in conducting regular classes’ post all 5 of his Para teachers went on strike. Mr Yadav further intimated that personnel of 26 th Battalion of Central Armed Police Force (CRPF) deployed there undertook teaching initiative in the school and now routine activities have resumed with full throttle.
Even students of the school are jubilant as they don’t have to suffer the boredom of empty classes. Interacting with journalists in Kedla, they expressed gratitude towards CRPF men for devoting their time by teaching them in school.
Kedla’s school is one among several schools where one can find teacher in CRPF uniform. CRPF jawan and officers are teaching in 85 schools of 18 districts of naxal affected Jharkhand.
In jharkhand, more than 60 thousand Para (temporary) teachers are on statewide protest strike. Presently getting Rs. 8000 as monthly stipend, these teachers are demanding status and salary equivalent to regular teachers.
In addition to being main stay of Anti Naxal Operations in Jharkhand, CRPF has been conspicuously involved in developmental activities undertaken in Naxal affected remote locations. Be it extending health facilities, assisting in various infrastructural projects, Central Armed Police (CAP) programmes or out of the box electrification initiatives, CRPF has been omnipresent in aid of the administration.
Formidable illustration of this magnificent coordination is currently on display in Recent circumstances of the state. With Para Teachers on state wide strike, insisting on acceptance of their demands, schools were facing a literal blackout. This break out of unwarranted scenario has led to an almost collapse of education machinery in the State. Teachers’ hitting the streets is a taxing scenario, which not only has law and order repercussions, but also have deep rooted manifestations over the future of GenNext. With regular classes taking an extensive hit in schools, educational activities faced a considerable brunt, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas.
According to a senior officer , sensing this imbroglio, CRPF has decided to intervene in a major way. Primarily dealing with Guns and Explosives, they undertook an unfamiliar charter of Pen and Chalk. Though they have been perpetually involved in teaching activities here and there to help the needy and marginalised in Naxal affected remote locations, this time it was combined effort put together, of all the CRPF Units in the State.
On being contacted, Inspector General of CRPF Jharkhand sector Sanjay Anand Lathkar said that CRPF Jawans and Officers have been engaging themselves in teaching activities in various Schools in the vicinity of their respective Camps, enabling the students to benefit by this pursuit. Assuming this self assumed responsibility, he was hopeful of extending this initiative in more Schools affected by the stir, without compromising their core operational duties.
By guiding students to remain in sync with studies, away from the existing hassle of strike, CRPF is truly winning hearts and minds of the people.