In a noble initiative towards imparting literacy, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has begun local classes for the children of Casual Paid Labourers (CPLs) who are employed by them for various road construction works on the Dharasu-Gangotri road in Uttarakhand.
In the absence of mobile connection & basic facilities, the officers and supervisors of BRO have been disseminating education to these children in the most inhospitable high-altitude terrain of Uttrakhand.
*Outdoor Classes in three camps*
Junior Engineer Rahul Yadav and Subedar Sandesh Pawar, responsible for the road construction on Gangotri Highway in Uttarkashi district, purveyed this idea that while the CPLs are engaged in work, BRO could ensure that adequate education is imparted to these children with the available resources.
Three camps in Jhangla, Hindoligarh and Naga have been holding these outdoor classes since July 21, 2021. Presently, almost 60-70 children are attending these classes.
*Tie-up with NGO – Goonj*
The officers of BRO engaged in this noble initiative are also proactively working with an NGO ‘Goonj’ to help provide clothing and ration to these children.
Moreover, giving mileage to the initiative of these officers, BRO plans to provide basic accommodation and better teaching facilities to the children in the coming months.
The CPLs can be considered as the backbone of BRO as they work in inhospitable and often difficult terrains to ensure the construction of strategic border roads is continued without a halt.
“They stay away from their homes for long durations and are cut off from society. Most of them working in these areas hail from Jharkhand or are those who reside near the Nepal border,” says the Ministry of Defence.
In retrospect, the aim of BRO’s initiative is to engage with these young and often neglected minds, educate them and ensure that their parents are encouraged and satisfied with the organisation they are working for.