The Bihar Post

From thumb impression to signature: How quarantine centre transforms life of illiterate migrants in Bihar


PATNA—Quarantine centres running to house the returning migrants have turned into “centres of learning” in Bihar.

At a centre running in a government school in West Champaran, dozens of illiterate migrants are being taught the importance of education.

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Most of the 40 migrants quarantined in the school don’t even know how to write their names and scribble their signatures on the official documents.

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So what they had been ultimately doing so far was to put their thumb impressions on the documents but the 14-day stay at the centre has ended this decade-old taint now.

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“I didn’t realise the value of education earlier but better late than never,” said a migrant labourer Sanjay Paswan who has joined this programme.

Another migrant Brajnath Sahni said he could not study due to poor financial condition of the family.

“I didn’t study as I had to take care of my house but later I felt embarrassed when I had to put thump impression on the documents. But now I have the opportunity to remove the illiterate tag,” Sahni said.

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