Migrant workers give a gift of warm colours
Quarantined labourers help community in Rajasthan with free repairs to school
- Migrant workers from multiple States quarantined in a government school at Palsana in Rajasthan’s Sikar district decided to give something back to the community that was taking care of them. They repaired and painted the school building.
- The Government Senior Secondary School at Palsana, 28 km away from Sikar, was turned into a temporary shelter, and 54 daily wage earners from the local units, who could not return home, were housed in it.
- The workers belong to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, while four are from other districts of Rajasthan.
- Though none had COVID-19 symptoms, the panchayat asked them to complete the 14-day quarantine period in the school. Food and medical assistance were arranged.
- Good food and essential items were offered readily. Medical teams from the block headquarters visited them for a regular check-up.
Decade old structure
- The workers could not help noticing that the old school building, which had not been painted for a decade, was in bad shape and the premises could do with a clean-up.
- They offered to deploy their skills, to paint and repair the building, clean up the compound, and plant samplings.
- Buckets of paint, brushes, polish and tools came through a fund-raiser by the teachers, panchayat staff and villagers.
- The workers wanted to do something for the village which cared for them in a crisis, when they were emotionally shattered and had no money.