All three — Togolal Birhor, Santos Birhor and Ganesh Birhor — hail from Birhor community (a primitive tribe on the verge of extinction), resident of Tulbul under Gomia block in Bokaro district. They were nurtured in urban culture and educated under Gyan Jyoti Yojana— CSR activity of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) in recent past.
Last year the Raghubar Das Cabinet had given the nod for two per cent reservation to the Primitive Tribal Groups, (PTG) who also referred to as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in education and Government jobs.
In a bid to help the primitive tribes and to join them with mainstream that decision was taken for the first time since after inception of the State.
As the PTGs are facing the problem of stagnating or dwindling numbers over the last several years, two per cent reservation was approved by the Cabinet, said an official.
“The reservation provided under Articles 16 (4) and 15 (4) of the Constitution of India, which pertain to allowing the Government to provide for reservation for the backward classes and socially, educationally backward classes or for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes”, added the official.
On Monday, trio met with BSL CEO (in-charge) Atul Shrivastva and shared their experiences. The CEO expressed his happiness over the achievement of the ex-students of BSL and extended his best wishes for their future.
Under its CSR BSL is offering a plethora of opportunities to the socially and economically marginalised people in and around Bokaro. To serve the need of the communities around it, it has taken upon itself to conduct a base line study to find out how best it can work for the welfare of the needy under its’ Gyan Jyoti Yojna scheme, said MK Dhan Chief of Communication BSL.
Under the Gyan Jyoti Yojana scheme BSL adopted 75 Birhor kids in 2001 aiming to provide those more opportunities so that they can be a part of the mainstream. They were cleared their matric in 2010 and intermediate in 2012, he said.
“In the year 2013 BSL again adopted new batch of 15 Birhor kids with the responsibility of the children, starting from their food, accommodation to education is borne by the BSL management”, COC said.
Now these 15 kids are getting education at Kalyan Vidyalaya under CBSE pattern”, added Dhan. The motive behind adoption is to provide them better educational environment and urban culture so that they become the inspiration for others in their community, he said.