Some of the mukhiyas who will undergo computer training from March 14
Ranchi, March 9: When loyalty marries learning, leadership is born.
Taking cue from a bunch of committed women mukhiyas who expressed their eagerness to become e-literate to emerge as better administrators, the rural development has teamed up with Jharkhand Mahila Samakhya Society — a voluntary outfit that works to empower marginalised women in association with the HRD department — to train these village heads in computers.
The capacity-building exercise at the panchayat level will initially cover 4,098 villages in 71 blocks of 11 districts — Ranchi, Khunti, Chatra, East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Seraikela, Garhwa, Giridih, Pakur, Godda and Sahebganj — and will take place in phases.
In the first phase, beginning March 14, 226 mukhiyas of Ranchi will undergo a month-long training at the district resource centre.
State programme director of the society Smita Gupta said Don Bosco School had been authorised to prepare the training module. The women will be divided into groups of 10, 20 or more and each group trained for five to seven days.
“This computer literacy programme for village heads will be a part of an existing government capacity building programme for rural youths,” Gupta said. “We had approached the rural development department with this ambitious plan and was given the go-ahead. The department has authorised Don Bosco for imparting computer training to the rural women representatives. We will start the training next week,” she added.
Panchayati raj director Shubhendra Jha said the process of capacity building encompassed elected representatives at block, district and state levels. “Computer training is an important part of this programme. We will soon involve all the 54,000 elected representatives in the exercise,” he maintained.
With their prayers answered, the women mukhiyas who had expressed their interest to train in computers are understandably elated.
“Nowadays, every job is done through computers, which we saw during our visits to the block development office. We felt we should become e-literate to rise as better leaders. So, we shared our dreams with the Jharkhand Mahila Samakhya Society, which readily agreed to take forward our proposal,” said Muni Oria, the mukhiya of Pandu village in Ranchi’s Chanho block.
Saraswati Devi, elected the head of Lagam village in Silli block, said she had to drop out from school and would be glad to return to the classroom.
“I studied till Class V after which my father became very ill and could not work to support the family. I had always wanted to pursue higher education — at least be a graduate — but that remained a dream. This special training will be like a second life in academics,” she beamed.
Basumani Devi, the mukhiya of Prakoria village in Chanho, couldn’t agree more.
“Hum toh padhna chahte the par nahi padh paye (I wanted to study, but could not),” the 35-year-old told The Telegraph. She added: “I hear a lot of people are learning computer these days. I have not seen one. Now, I will get an opportunity to see the machine and learn how to use it,” she said.