Labour Department and Rajiv Vidya Mission to open worksite schools in Ranga Reddy district

About 120 to 150 worksite schools will be opened in Ranga Reddy district from February 1 for the benefit of children of the brick kiln workers arriving from Orissa to work at various kilns across the district.

The temporary schools, which were run last year as part of a pilot project, will be continued this year also, through coordinated efforts by the Labour Department and Rajiv Vidya Mission, officials informed.

A total of 119 worksite schools were operated last year, and the same number will be opened this year too to begin with. In due course of time, the number of schools may increase depending on the data updated by the Labour Department, the district’s Alternative School Coordinator, Ramachandra Reddy, informed.

They will be run by four NGOs identified by the RVM, who will bring in teachers conversant with Oriya language. Funding for the schools will be borne by the RVM, under the scheme for the Non-Residential Special Training Centres. On Monday, uniforms and study material were distributed to the children at a kiln in Raviryal village of Maheshwaram mandal.

The Labour Department has identified 200 sites so far, and the exhaustive details of each migrant family working at 110 kilns have been shared with the departments concerned, informed the Deputy Commissioner of Labour, S. Naresh Kumar.

Details of the rest will be given soon, paving way for the RVM to reach its target of 150 schools covering 4,500 children.

Modalities for the welfare measures to be taken for the brick kiln workers had been discussed at a recent district-level coordination committee meeting convened by the Ranga Reddy district Collector B. Sridhar, with all the stakeholders, as per the MoU entered by the State government with the Orissa government and Central government.

Mr. Sridhar had directed the Labour Department officials to map the brick kilns in the district, computerise the data and share it with other departments.

He also issued orders for provision of food supplements to children and pregnant women under ICDS, provision of medical facility through 104 medical service, and provision of coupons for one rupee rice.

Ranga Reddy district has over 450 brick kilns which attract skilled labourers in thousands from Orissa.

They stay here between October and July, and go back to their native State after monsoons begin.

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