Nine Birhor youths, who had started working as daily labourers after the state government failed to keep its promise of giving them jobs, have found a friend in Bokaro Steel.
The PSU has offered ITI training to the youths of the primitive tribe under its CSR scheme so that they can carve a future for themselves.
Santosh, Ganesh, Mantu, Suresh, Chandolal, Tobolal, Sahdeo, Sunderlal and Sawan, all Birhor residents of Tulbul village in Maoist-hit Gomia block, have already started getting a feel of the nuts and bolts world of a shop floor at the ITI centre of the steel plant.
Besides technical training, the youths are learning computer skills at the centre. They stay at the trainees’ hostel and are provided with free food. They also receive a stipend of Rs 2,500 per month.
The Birhors are, naturally, relieved with the PSU’s gesture. “As of now, I am focusing on learning computers. Later, I will take welding training,” Chandolal told The Telegraph.
The state government had promised grade IV jobs to these nine youths who represent the diminishing Birhor tribe. On March 1, 2012, when the boys appeared for their CBSE exams, the then Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar had issued a letter saying that after they passed the exams and furnished their caste and domicile certificates, they would be appointed.
A seniority list comprising names of all the nine Birhors who had been cleared for jobs was also published on October 10, 2012.
However, even after 10 months, the Birhors remained unemployed and had to take up jobs as daily labourers loading sand onto trucks.