157 schools closed since 2005 in one of the worst Maoist affected Bijapur district restarted, local youth appointed as "Shikshadoots" to impart education

157 schools closed since 2005 in one of the worst Maoist affected Bijapur district restarted, local youth appointed as

Raipur: As many as 157 schools which were closed since 2005 have been re-started in the remote Naxalite affected interior areas of Bijapur district. The local youth have been appointed as ‘Shikshadoots’ to provide education to children in these schools. Besides, school sheds are also being constructed for the convenience of students.

Under the guidance of district collector Ritesh Kumar Agrawal, sheds have been constructed for the operation of over 56 primary schools located in extremely sensitive and inaccessible areas of the district and across the Indravati River. Besides, local educated youth have been appointed on the post of Shikshadoots at an honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month for teaching the students. Along with this, approval has been given from the DMF fund to construct new sheds for the remaining schools.

District Education Officer Pramod Thakur told that the entire honorarium of Rs 55.80 lakh till April 2021 has been allotted to the teachers already working in the district, which will be transferred to the bank accounts of the concerned at the earliest. Similarly, for the supply of necessary resources in all the schools, the process of approval is being taken from the DMF fund. As a result of the above commendable and innovative efforts made for making education facilities accessible in remote areas of the district, now the children of this area are coming forward and participating in the mainstream of education. The people's representatives and villagers have expressed their happiness by appreciating these efforts of the district administration taken to improve the education system.