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Eligible for jobs, seeking blankets

Ranchi, Dec. 9: The district administration today came across two Birhor women in their early 20s who had matriculated a few years ago but unaware that they were directly eligible for government jobs.

Ironically, they had come to collect blankets in Amanburu village of Bundu block.

Bundu sub-divisional officer Lambodar Mahto invited the duo, who have not been identified, with their certificates and other valid documents to his office on Tuesday so that their names could be recommended for government jobs.

Birhor comes under Primitive Tribes Groups and is among the most backward groups, socially and economically.

“We have often been unable to identify even educated men among Primitive Tribes Groups. The bone-chilling cold had prompted the women to come to collect blankets and saris. The saris were given by the home department under its social policing scheme. Over 30 PTG women had turned up at the distribution camp in their village,” Mahto told The Telegraph.

The labour department distributed 470 blankets among BPL families in Bundu block and another 525 in Tamar. Of these, 48 blankets were meant for PTGs in Bundu and 96 for those in Tamar block. Amanburu, a Birhor-dominated village, has a residential school for PTGs and an anganwadi kendra as well.

Incidentally, the Bundu-Tamar area is a stronghold of dreaded Maoist top gun Kundan Pahan, who carries a Rs 10-lakh reward on his head.

The government, of late, has stressed on strict execution of various welfare and development schemes to arrest the influence of Naxalism in the area.

Mahto maintained that 35kg rice for Re 1 per kg were being delivered on their doorstep every month.

Schemes under the Centre’s Integrated Action Plan, meant for Naxalite-hit areas, as well as various state government departments, have been introduced to focus on development of Bundu-Tamar.

“We have to regularly submit status reports of welfare and development schemes being run in the area. Now, we are concentrating on e-service so that people living in far-flung areas need not come to Bundu or Ranchi for access to welfare projects. We have already started getting positive results. Until recently, no one dared venture into these villages even during the day. But now, people are extending us warm reception everywhere,” Mahto added.

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