DM For A Day: A Man's Ingenious Plan To Maximize Student Participation In Volunteering Work

Volunteering is usually thought of as an act of kindness benefiting the community, and it makes you feel good about yourself. Unlike what people think volunteering can be done by almost everybody irrespective of their age, sex or class. Student are best suited for the job as it involves a lot of energy and hard work and all it asks is just giving away free time.

Recently, Shahjahanpur District Magistrate Dr. Amrit Tripathi came up with a brilliant plan to ensure maximum student volunteers. Students were just asked to prove themselves as ‘hygiene champions’, and they can then contend to hold the coveted post of the DM for a day. The idea was inspired by a Bollywood film Anil Kapoor-starrer ‘Nayak – the Real Hero’ where a common man accepts a challenge by the chief minister of Maharashtra to run the state for one day, and makes a success of it.

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Dr. Tripathi hopes to mobilize college students to volunteer in educating and inspiring villagers about hygiene and cleanliness.  According to the report published in Times of India the DM has constituted four or five teams of local college students to work for the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission‘ and spread the message for the need of hygiene among the residents of the villages which were allocated to them.

The students have been given the task to inspire villagers to keep their surroundings clean, use toilets and have their houses white-washed. They have also been asked to supervise the distribution of mid-day meals in village schools and look into anti-pest fogging in their respective villages.

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To give them the feel of participation in decision making they have been asked to present plans for better utilization of the unused funds for developmental works in the villages and submit reports of their work to his office.

Following this, the district administration team will visit the villages to inspect the work and select the best performing team. The leader of the winning team will be Shahjahanpur’s DM for a day.

“On that day, the team leader would hear the complaints of the locals from 9 am to 11 am and also inspect schools and villages during the day. He, however, will have no financial powers”, DM Tripathi said, adding whenever “DM-for-a-day” takes charge he would be accompanying and guiding him or her throughout the day.

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Volunteering may not be easy for students as the number of commitments they already have. But they need to keep in mind that not only this helps building character but also opens their eyes to the issues faced at by people living in the villages. With the amount of benefits that come from volunteering, we highly recommend students to take up volunteering as much as they can handle and the government to give them such opportunities.

Picture Source:  The Better India; Swachch India; Patrika.com

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