Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma has launched a project ‘Vidya Rath-School on Wheels’, to impart elementary education among economically challenged children of the society. The launch took place during a function held at the premises of Gauhati High Court, along with Justice RM Chhaya, Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court.
Speaking at the launch, Sarma said “the Vidya Rath- School on Wheels project will help in empowering economically-challenged youths academically.”
He added, “There cannot have been a more ideal occasion for introduction of this noble cause, than the occasion of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ when we are commemorating 75 years of our independence. I sincerely hope that this effort will be extremely beneficial, who have remained beyond the purview of formal schooling,”
Delighted to attend the launch of Vidya Rath, a project aimed at imparting elementary education to EWS students.
Gratitude to Hon Chief Justice of Gauhati HC Shri RM Chhaya for implementing the project in Assam. We shall extend full support to Gauhati HC for making it a success. pic.twitter.com/lKQterZEC8
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 15, 2022
Assam CM stated, “India of our ambitions cannot be realized, without the upliftment of the socio-economically disadvantaged sectors. Therefore, the recently-launched ‘Vidya Rath : School on Wheels’ will significantly contribute to providing education to the economically disadvantaged children and supporting their academic empowerment.”
Sarma added “children represent the nation’s future, thus it is heart-clenching to watch them begging in the streets, at railway stations, and bus stops. Some of them can be seen collecting trash and bottles. Ideally, they should be in classrooms, laying the groundwork for a promising future.”
He expressed his sorrow to witness kids eventually dropping out of school, wandering around and owing to their family’s financial crisis, and finally developing habit of substance abuse.
Sarma asserted at the event, that “Central and State governments make best of the efforts in educating children, however, still a chunk of children are outside the ambit of formal education.”
As per reports, ‘Vidya Rath-School on Wheels’ project will provide 10 months of elementary education to underprivileged children. Later, the children will be integrated into a conventional system of education. Children will receive uniforms, textbooks and free mid day meals, under the project.