Army converts bus stand to ‘street library’ for JK children

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In a novel initiative, the Army has converted a dilapidated bus stand in a village in South Kashmir into a ‘street library’ to help students of neighboring areas to prepare for competitive exams and higher studies.

The library which was set up in the last week of February by the 18 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army has become an instant hit among the students of Ranipura, Chittisigpura, Kejrival, and Devipora villages, officials said.

Seeing students of higher classes getting engrossed in books, the younger lot from primary classes surrounded Lt Col Rohit Jha, Commanding officer of the 18 RR, which comes under the Victor Force that looks after South and central Kashmir, and demanded that some storybooks be kept for them too.

A pleasantly surprised Lt Col Jha immediately ordered some comics having a social message and books which can increase their knowledge, officials said.

The ‘street library’ opens early in the morning and within no time, children are seen flocking to the bus stand and other storybooks which have been donated by 2-Sector Headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles, a forced carved out of the army for fighting terrorism in the hinterland.

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