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Tuesday , August 26 , 2014
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Solar energy to help tribal kids with computer lessons

- Rohtas cops to impart training to children residing in Maoist-hit areas to instil confidence among people

Police have decided to impart computer training to tribal children residing in Maoist-hit Rohtas district to win over the confidence of people.

The Rohtas police have adopted over a dozen government schools in Maoist-hit Nauhatta and Chenari blocks of the district, where they would launch computer-training programme for the school kids.

Rohtas additional superintendent of police (operations) Mohammad Sohail said the training programme would be launched in September.

“The names of the schools have already been selected and the infrastructure is being developed at these schools for the purpose,” he added.

The Maoists, on the contrary, had distributed books and study materials among the students belonging to Scheduled Tribe in Jamui and Lakhisarai districts in eastern Bihar free of cost.

The CPI(Maoist) has also decided to expand the scheme for the school children of Aurangabad and Gaya districts in south and central Bihar, sources said.

The Rohtas police are initially planning four computers that would be installed in each school falling under the jurisdiction of Nauhatta and Chenari blocks, which have a sizeable number of tribals.

“To meet the requirement of power to make the computers operational, the schools are being equipped with solar energy,” Sohail said.

The police would also appoint trainers at these schools, who would be paid monthly remuneration.

Rohtas superintendent of police Chandan Kumar Kushwaha said the training programme, a part of the community policing, would be carried out under security-related expenditure (SRE) and the integrated action plan of the central government for Maoist-hit districts.

Kushwaha said: “A letter has been written to the district magistrate to release funds under the two schemes meant for carrying out development works in Naxalite-hit areas. We have requested the officials of the central reserve police force to provide solar energy facility to the schools.”¯

Most of the schools are located in remote hilly areas and surrounded by deep forest.

“The areas were earlier considered to be inaccessible for the security personnel. Initially, training would be imparted to 70 to 80 students,” the SP said.

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