Jamshedpur, Aug 3: In a noble gesture, Jamshedpur Police handed over gadgets and mobile phones among needy students to help them attend online classes. In a ceremony organised at Bistupur Police Station seminar hall, a total of 64 mobiles, two tabs and two laptops donated by citizens in ‘Mobile Bank’ were distributed among needy and meritorious students. So far, about 300 mobiles have been distributed among students in East Singhbhum district.
SSP M Tamil Vanan said that the initiative started by Jharkhand Police has received an overwhelming response in East Singhbhum. People from various walks of life have lent their support and contribution has increased. All the police stations have received donations and now these are being distributed further.
He said that the police have built a bank of used mobiles and laptops for distribution among poor students so that they can continue their studies during the pandemic lockdown. The idea behind the move is to bridge the digital divide between students of different financial backgrounds.
The senior cop said that people who can afford to buy all the latest gadgets often have two to three spare smartphones. The police had appealed to those having extra smartphones or laptops and are not using them to donate at local police stations or at Composite Control Room. The donated gadgets will be distributed among the needy to help them study. Moreover, a copy of the station diary, having all details about the device, will be provided to the donors as proof that they have submitted mobile phones or laptops to the police.
As per the plans, those who submit his or her device to the police, an entry is made in the station diary about the owner of the device and a receipt is given to the owner. The initiative has received overwhelming response.
A young student who received a laptop from the police welcomed the initiative. “ Due to the pandemic the classes are being conducted online. As I belong to a less privileged family, I was in dire need of the gadget. I had approached my local police station and after verification of my education I was selected for the initiative. I would like to thank Jamshedpur police for the gesture.”