Jamtara (Jharkhand), Oct 11 : Police in the Maoist insurgency affected district of Jamtara in Jharkhand is promoting education by constructing school buildings in the district.
The Police, which is engaged in containing Maoist violence, is also helping in spread of education in the district so that youth does not join Moaist ranks.
In a unique gesture, the district police took the initiative to construct a school building after seeking clearance and help from state education authorities.
The under construction building in Pithuadih village would have about 180 students when completed.
Police officials said that the district police head is keen to have the school ready as soon as possible.
"I told the villagers that our Superintendent of Police wanted the school here whatever the circumstances. I come here to see that people find a place to work here and work very well," said Nirmal Kumar, Station House Officer, Jamtara.
At present, about 140 students are studying in open and their studies are affected by the vagaries of weather. This is also leading to high drop-out rates.
"During the rains, we have to run from pillar to post and it affected the studies of the students. The district Superintendent of Police said that you should teach well here. The SP encouraged us and said that they will give the uniform for the children," said Kamal Singh, a teacher.
Education has been hit hard in many districts of Jharkhand due to Maoist insurgency. Whatever little infrastructure existing in the insurgency affected parts of the state has been badly hit.
The Maoists claim they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers. By Girija Shankar Ojha