Jhuka Bauri, a resident of the tiny Binduidi village, in West Bengal’s Purulia district, earns his living as a daily wage labourer, trying to make ends meet to feed his family of four. That includes his wife and two sons, who live in a single room.
Some days are without work for Bauri, who has not lost his vision for the greater good.
As reported by Hindustan Times, he donated half of the six-decimal plot (1 decimal=435.5 sq ft), of the land that he had to a school that has 90 students.
Bauri wants authorities to construct a shed, under which students can sit for their mid-day meal. The plot costs about Rs 1 lakh, an amount that will take the West Bengal labourer a long 16 months. According to government rates, the cost of the 3-decimal plot is Rs 66,000 (Rs 22,000 per decimal). Overlooking all this, Bauri still did not sell the land to the school, or anyone else.
According to Bauri, the plot is around 65 km from Purulia town, the district headquarters, and is adjacent to the school.
He told the publication how he would see kids eat their mid-day meals under the blazing sun. When it rained, children would have to make a run for it, precariously balancing their plates of rice and gruel.
Bauri reminisces about his old school days when he never got a meal. Born into poverty, Bauri was forced to drop out, and his sons have suffered the same fate.
Soumendranath Mandal, the headmaster of Binduidi Primary School, lauded the labourer’s efforts and said that the space would be used for a mid-day meal shed, as well as vegetable cultivation. School authorities have started appealing to people for money to construct the shed.
A teacher of the school, said that the school authorities want to turn the school into a model one. Appreciating Bauri’s gesture, he said that the village people would remember this for a long time.
A Rajya Sabha MP has promised Rs 5 lakh, after receipt of which construction will begin.
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The school began on a one decimal piece of land in 1962, but that was not enough. Bauri’s relatives later gave the school 12 decimals, and a new building was constructed in 2010.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)