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IAS officer provides frees shoes to 25,000 underprivileged kids

Meet Jitendra Kumar Soni, the collector of Jalore district in Rajasthan, who has started a mission of providing free shoes to the underprivileged school children every year under 'Charan Paduka Yojna'. And this year 25,000 underprivileged students would be getting free shoes before Republic Day.The children will be benefited each year with free shoes in winter on or before Republic day and for summer till Independence Day.

In December last year, the IAS officer saw few students walking to school barefoot , moved by this, the collector immediately took them to market and bought them a pair of shoes and this made him to launch scheme 'Charan Paduka Yojna' from January. The officer call this as a peoples scheme in which he only acts as a facilitator.

"Non-branded shoes cost anywhere between Rs. 200-300 and people who visit my office everyday with donations appreciate the gesture. I am happy that poor students of my village are benefited with the scheme," he said.

The officer asked the school authorities of 274 gram panchayats and three nagar palikas in the district to handover the list of students who come barefoot. The data revealed that 10 kids in each of the 2,500 schools were coming without shoes.

The officer states that coming from the same background makes him empathetic towards such students. "I also attended a government school and know the hard work my father had put in to get me educated," he said.

The IAS officer's comes from Dhanasar village near Rawatsar in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan and his father worked as a watchmaker saying that ' I grew up watching my father work hard to provide education for his sons."




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