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A Dentist Turned IPS Officer, Pritpal Is Working Silently For The Education Of Tribal Children

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It is rightly said that there is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman. Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra, an IPS Officer from the 2016s batch is a living proof of it who works tirelessly for the education of the underprivileged children in her District Noklak in Nagaland, apart from her daily duties.

The locals know her as a potential, young, down to earth and passionate IPS Officer who has always advocated truth and education. While joining her new constituency, Pritpal knew that education is one of the resources that the place lacks the most, basic infrastructure and other facilities remaining secondary. The place borders Myanmar and is in the remotest district in the country.

Pritpal says that when she was first posted in this place, something which moved her to go beyond her call of duty was the warm and welcoming nature of the residents.
“Aside from the sheer beauty of the place, what touched me the most was how genuine and kind people were to me when I arrived there in the year 2018. Despite being an outsider, they made me feel at home. That’s what inspired me to go above and beyond the call of duty.” Pritpal told in an interview with The Better India.

Pritpal IPS Officer

To do something for the students who aspire for Civil Services, she opened a coaching center with the help of other officers of her department. Timings were flexible and were kept to cater to the needs of both teachers and the students so that they both could attend to their respective duties and works after that. Apart from the Service Commissions syllabus, students are also prepared for the Staff Selection Commission, Central Armed Police Forces, Bank and State Level departmental exams.

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Pritpal says that despite the student’s ability to learn and bring a change to the society they live in, what held them back for so many years was the financial constraints and lack of opportunities in the District. Not just this, as she holds a degree in Dentistry, Pritpal provides treatment to anybody who suffers from dental problems. Even drug addicts are taught medications and vocational skills like organic farming to battle the addiction.

How did it all start?

Pritpal Kaur Batra who is the native of Yamuna Nagar in Haryana when first came to Tuensang, Nagaland as an SDPO, always had this in her mind that a District that is segregated from the rest of the Nagaland must have students who wanted to excel in their lives but the dilapidated condition of the place just wouldn’t allow them to. She during her duty hours would not just deal with the prisoners and criminals at the Police Station but used to interact with young students around her who, due to the lack of money and other resources, had to discontinue their studies after graduation.

On finding out, she was amazed by the spirit of the young students who desperately wanted to learn from her and then there was nothing that could stop this lady from starting a coaching center for them. To take this initiative on a larger platform, she along with her other administration members advertised it on social media and to her surprise, the response was motivating.

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According to the article published in The Better India, The Superintendent of Police, Bharat Markad backed her by sanctioning the use of the conference hall on the office premises and even supported her vision by purchasing the necessary study materials.

The coaching which had only 9 students initially, increased to more than 50. Pritpal never compromised with her duty and besides being a teacher who runs this project, she is an able Police Officer and always valued her work to be completed on time whether it is in the Police Station or inside a classroom. It is her determination that 53 students till now were able to clear the Nagaland CM Scholarship while others aced the Departmental exams of the State Government.

Now she has carried forward her initiative to Noklak where she recently got transferred. The palace is also the same as Tuensang, even more, isolated when it comes to education and awareness. She had always been active in other initiatives like Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in the past. This initiative was responsible to train local farmers in modern organic farming etc.

People like Pritpal know that little efforts towards betterment add huge value in the lives of those who might never have got even a single opportunity. Right to education is our birthright but how many of us are fortunate enough to receive it, is a big question and a black mark on our society. If you are able to read this article and make sense out of it, you are literate and lucky. Through this story, The Efforts For Good encourages its readers to take inspiration from Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra and contribute to the society in education development, even if it’s little.

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
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  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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