Quest for a skilled life of positivity

Malda police provide ‘Disha’ to 85 youths from bordering areas
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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
2 Feb 2018

It is usually a common practice to amplify every single flaw of cops. However, paying no heed to such regular criticisms, a unique initiative by Malda district police would undoubtedly earn kudos from the sensible sections of the society. Channelizing the potential of the youths from ‘crime prone’ areas towards positive and productive direction is now the mission of Malda district police. After successfully arranging intensive vocational training for 300 hours to as many as 85 youths from bordering areas in Malda, Arnab Ghosh, the chief of Malda police is now busy exploring options to provide the ‘youth brigade’ with suitable opportunities to be financially independent also.
The programme with a praiseworthy vision under a significant title ‘Disha’ was launched by district police at the behest of Ghosh, SP, Malda last year. Following an extensive survey to select incumbents from Baishnabnagar, Kaliachak I, II and English Bazaar blocks 600 candidates were chosen primarily.
“Afterwards, 85 incumbents were shortlisted depending upon the criteria. Whether they are susceptible to crime or do have a kin with criminal background was the basic benchmark. Their ages were also a factor. Candidates with higher age were given preference. Interestingly all candidates, who were offered the opportunity readily accepted it,” said a police officer.
Malda polytechnic came ahead and agreed to impart training to the candidates. “The training commenced on Dec 4 and continued up to Jam 24. We are happy to be the nodal agency for imparting the training. Electrical wiring, data entry, plumbing and other trades were chosen for their training,” said Snehasish Guha, head of Malda polytechnic.
Valediction programme was held at Malda polytechnic on Jan 29 in presence of top brass of district police and representatives of district civil administration. Along with SP, Malda Arnab Ghosh his deputies Arindam Sarkar, additional SP, Somnath Jha and Bipul Majumdar, DSPs and veteran academician Shaktipada Patra graced the occasion.
Subrata Mandal, Mizanur Rahman, Goutam Mandal and other trainees seemed delighted after receiving certificates and tool-kits from the guests. They said that the training opened a new vista in their lives. “It’s a journey ahead. We would leave no stone unturned to exercise the skills sharpened by the training,” a trainee said.
“We launched the programme with a definite motto. Apart from nipping crime in the bud we have the plan to provide the youths with an opportunity to lead a life of skill, honour and financial independence,” Arnab Ghosh said.
“We are planning to hold a placement session on campus to maximize the chances of getting most of them employed also to ensure a definite monthly earning. The project would continue,” SP, Malda added with a conviction.
District police sources informed that nearly 400 youths would be trained every year to get a ‘Disha’ in their lives so that they easily ignore the temptations of crimes.