As the second wave of covid rages across the country, leading to another set of lockdowns and engulfing the rural spaces of India, IMPRI has been organizing state-wise discussion to discuss practitioners experiences in tackling the second wave concerning rural realities. Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, organized a panel discussion on “Rural Realities | Punjab and Haryana Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on 19 May 2021.
The Team at IMPRI initiated the discussion by contextualizing the condition of Punjab and Haryana. Through an audio-visual presentation, the geographic location, socio-economic indicators, the state of the pandemic and emerging issues of both states were laid out in front of the audience.
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Amrita Kaur: The project Coordinator from Mission Deep Educational Trust, Amritsar, shed light on how the organization is working on the education of students hailing from BPL (Below Poverty Line) families. She explained how free education and transport facilities are imparted to about 500 students from 6th standard to graduation.
Pick and drop facility is being provided by the organization, wherein students from 12 villages are allowed to travel and get educated. Before covid, residential facilities were also being provided to around 250 students; however, post-pandemic, the school and organization have been compelled to shut down. The unanticipated lockdown has led to some of their girl students being left stranded in the hostel.