21 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: Migrants quarantined at Kebiri Berhampur PUPS School in Dhumuchhai gram panchayat under Bellaguntha block of Ganjam district have earned praises from the local Sarpanch and the school Headmaster for their sketches which are going to benefit the school children and set example for others.
As many as 60 Odia migrants, 51 from Coimbatore and nine from Hyderabad, had arrived at the school-turned-quarantine centre on May 13. Purna Chandra Dakua and Santosh Kumar Jena, both residents of Kshatriyabarapur gram panchayat in the district, are among these migrants who decided to utilize their talent and time for the school.
Dakua and Jena approached the school headmaster Subrat Patra and expressed the desire to give a makeover to the school. On May 16, Patra provided them with paint and other necessary items following which the duo along with others started painting life size pictures of various patriotic figures and pilgrim sites on the school walls.
On a daily basis, the two youths started their work after taking their breakfast at 7 in the morning. All the other inmates assisted them in painting or cleaning the school premises. In a matter of three days, they sketched the pictures of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Martyr Bhagat Singh, Mother India and various pilgrim sites.
It has been a week since their arrival but none of the migrants have complained about any service provided at the quarantine centre. They are being provided with meals daily at 12 noon, snacks and tea at 5 PM and dinner at 8 PM. Meanwhile, Bellaguntha Tehsildar and BDO have praised Dakua and Jena who are leading by example.