Continuing with their efforts to connect with and foster ties with locals in Jangalmahal, the CRPF jawans camping in the terrain have launched a unique mission to take a trip round the villages and train jobless youths on ways to crack competitive exams and school them on the nitty-gritties of applying for jobs or posts should they make it through.
The jawans have planned to mobilise the effort by way of an audio-visual presentation, said sources.
Buoyed by similar coaching efforts, which saw a significant number of local youths bag government jobs, the jawans have now pledged to scale up the efforts in a manner as to ensure that more jobless youths could draw the desired benefits of the initiative.
The primary aim of the effort is to raise the general living standards of the impoverished locals and tide over the grinding poverty and sense of disillusionment, which has caused many to take up arms against the state.
“The project was conceived as part of our social responsibility and a desire to empower local youths by helping them crack competitive exams and bag government jobs. We can take pride in our efforts, which has already helped many jobless youths become earning members of their respective households. We have now decided to step up our efforts to help more youths draw similar benefits. Our jawans have volunteered to offer coaching and training sessions free of cost,” BB Vaid, the Commandant of the CRPF’s 50 battalion, told Hindustan Times.
According to sources, jawans of the 50 battalion launched such training efforts in all seven pockets of the terrain they are camping in and of the 158 youths trained at their coaching centres since 2011, 84 have already been recruited in the CRPF, Air Force, Indian Railways and other defence and police services.
The beneficiaries include youths not just from the restive rebel stronghold of Lalgarh and its surrounding areas, but also from such neighbouring areas as Garbeta, Pirakata, Keshpur, Anandapur and the Jhargram area.
“We coach the youths in two batches and hope the success stories of the locals now employed, will help draw many more to our centres,” AK Mondal, a CRPF jawan leading the training effort told Hindustan Times.