Setting model for all, 13 youngsters engage in manual labour despite high qualifications
Cheruvathur (Kasaragod): All 13 of them walked to the paddy fields without any hesitation. The high qualifications they hold did not stop them from stepping into the mud in the Kodakkad fields. The 13-member group from Vengappara decided to offer a helping hand to the farmers who were struggling due to the lack of farm workers. The youth helped to carry the harvested bundles of paddy to the threshing area.
The educated youngsters residing near Vengappara National Club started doing manual labour amid COVID crisis. First, they took up the job of loading building stones for a house under construction. Later, they started engaging in farm works and other manual labours. There were only five members in the group in the beginning. Gradually, the number increased to 13 within 2 months. They also travelled to Thrissur and Ernakulam for similar works.
Those who call the youth for works get surprised after knowing their high qualification. The team is headed by Ajith Raj, a MBA holder who has been working as marketing manager in Dubai for 15 years. Ajith came home before the COVID outbreak and could not return due to the pandemic restrictions.
The team also includes Ashwin (Civil Engineering final year student), Rajulal Paleri (Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Diploma), Harikrishnan (Hotel Management), P V Jishnu (Computer Engineering final year student), Arjun (Diploma in Electrical Engineering), Navaneeth Damodar (CMA), Nirmal (MSc Physics, BEd), Vinyas (MBA), Anirudh (BCom), Sreeraj (MCom), Vaisakh (Diploma in Electrical) and Nigesh (Diploma in E-Mak).
The working youth never bargains for wages. They accept whatever they are given and gives back the extra amount if paid too much. Also they never set a time limit for working. The team works hard till the engaged task is finished. They said that they started engaging in manual labour not to waste time on mobile phones. Though it was hard to do the works they were unfamiliar with, they mastered it slowly, the team said.