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'Dropout' Farmer Donates Books To Poor Students

2016-08-16 16:36

Farmer Kashinath Biswas being felicitated by head master Nisith Biswas Picture by Abhi Ghosh

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Santipur, Aug. 16: Kashinath Biswas of Dongkhira village in Nadia’s Santipur was forced to suspend studies due to poverty when he was a student of class three. But, the poor farmer, now in his 50s, understands well the value of education.  The drawback led him to take up an awareness initiative among the tribal people with whom he lives.

As a part of this initiative, Biswas, whose monthly income seldom crosses Rupees four thousand, yesterday donated about two hundred books and study materials to around 100 children in his locality on the occasion of 70thIndependence Day.

At a programme organised at the local Nimtala Adivasi Prathamik Vidyalay, Biswas hand over books like pictorial books of English alphabet, basic numeric, pictorial word books, general knowledge book, and environmental knowledge book which he felt would enrich the children beyond normal course studies and inspire them as well.

He spent about Rupees one thousand and five hundred to purchase different types of books which he distributed to children like Sarajit Munda (10), Vikash Durlabh (9), Sanjit Munda and 83 other students of local Nimtala Adivasi Prathamik Vidyalay and to some other kids who are yet join school.

“People belong to backward community live in this area. Inspite of initiative by the government, there still exists lack of awareness about education among the people here. I feel pained when see that parents here not motivating enough their children for education. I could not study due to poverty, but always realized what I have missed. I do not want children of my locality remain illiterate or semi literate. So I visit house to house in my village and encourage children to study well and tell their parents to inspire living a good life”, said Biswas, who lives alone in his one room cottage located in the dingy impoverished Donkhira village of Arbandi-II panchayat.

“Nevertheless, it appeared to be not enough for the students. I so decided to do something more so that children could be inspired. I talked to the head master of the local primary school and finally planned to some fascinating books. Donating books was my long pending plan, which could not be materialized earlier due to my poverty. For the last few months I saved money so that I could give books to the children on the auspicious day of country’s independence. I would try to continue this and help students in their nee”, Biswas added, who was felicitated by the school head master for his gesture.

Biswas is unmarried. His father died long ago. His mother expired four years ago. Apart from working as farm labor, Biswas now stores mustard seed and extract oil to sell them to local shops.

Nisith Biswas, head master of Nimtala Adivasi Prathamik Vidyalay said: “In last week Kashinath babu met me at school and expressed his desire to donate books to children. I talked to the higher authorities for their permission. They welcomed the gesture of the farmer. The amount he incurred may be quite paltry, but in his locality where people still not aware enough about the importance education, such initiative is invaluable”.

The Nimtala, Dongkhira and other adjacent villages under the Arbandi-II panchayat are dominated by people belong to the tribal community. They villagers, who are mostly, belong to BPL category work as here as farm laborers.

Prasanna Debnath, pradhan of Arbandi-II panchayat said: “We always try to ensure that children from every house admitted to school in time and regularly attend it. Members of the village education committee and ICDS projects also monitor this and also talk to the parents of the children so that develop an environment at home conducive for child education”.

Ramaprasad Roy, Chairman of Nadia district primary council has welcomed the initiative taken up by Biswas.

“Such initiative will help to bridge the gap of the state initiative. I am delighted to learn that a poor farmer has come up with such an endeavor. I hope that more such people would feel inspired and come up with similar gesture”, he said.

 

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