Quarantined Migrant workers repair and paint government school that sheltered them


Not everything is dull during the Corona Lockdown. Migrant workers from multiple States quarantined in a government school at Palsana in Rajasthan’s Sikar district decided to give something back to the community that was taking care of them. They repaired and painted the school building.

The Government Senior Secondary School at Palsana, 28 km away from Sikar, was home to the 54 daily wage earners from the local units. The workers belong to Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, while four are from other districts of Rajasthan.

Though free from COVID-19 symptoms, the panchayat asked them to complete the 14-day quarantine period in the school. Good food and essential items were offered readily. Medical teams from the block headquarters visited them for a regular check-up.All this the workers were extremely happy and in turn the workers offered to deploy their skills, to paint and repair the building, clean up the compound, and plant samplings.Buckets of paint, brushes, polish and tools came through a fund-raiser by the teachers, panchayat staff and villagers. Shankar Singh Chauhan from Haryana, a painter, led the team while Tara Chand, Om Prakash and others took up repairs.

Palsana Sarpanch Roop Singh Shekhawat said the school’s alumni campaigned to raise funds for the infrastructure and collected ₹1.15 lakh.

“The money is funding repairs. The villagers are overwhelmed by the gesture of the labourers,” he said.

The panchayat would organise a felicitation for the workers when they leave after the lockdown. Sikar-based activist Ashfaq Kayamkhani said.