Lost dream for adivasi couple

MIDNAPORE: Last year on Republic Day, President Pratibha Patil had promised a couple from Kuchlatari off Kharagpur that their village would witness speedy development. Almost two years later, all the village has seen is the laying of a morrum road and the sinking of a deep tubewell.

a couple from Kuchlatari off Kharagpur was promised their village would witness speedy development by then President Pratibha Patil on Republic Day last year. Nearly two years later, all the village has seen is the laying of a moram road and the sinking of a deep tubewell.

Kenaram Ari and his wife Arati represented Bengal in the 2011 Republic Day delegation of adivasis from across the country that met Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Such a delegation meets the President every Republic Day.

At that meeting, The Ari couple vent out their grievances against lack of development in their village. They had complained of the lack of facilities electricity, roads and water inthat Kuchlatari lacked proper roads, electricity or water

and Patil had promised help. Almost all villagers were very poor with very few owning the land they farm, they had told the then President.

In March last year, a missive was accordingly sent to the state government.

Patil had promised that the village would witness speedy development. Accordingly, the Rashtrapati Bhavan secretariat sent a missive to the state government on March 15 last year requesting that development initiatives be taken for Kuchlatari.

The letter from Rashtrapati Bhavan worked its way through the wheels of the bureaucracy amid a change of government since it was received.

Finally, six months ago, villagers were roped in under the NREGA scheme to lay a murram road in Kuchlatari. Some months later, a deep tube well was sunk in the village.

Tired with the slow pace of development in their village despite the presidential promise, the Aris couple visited Writers’ Buildings a month ago to complain against lack of development. West Midnapore DMdistrict magistrate

Surendra Gupta said, “A moram road has been laid and a deep deep tubewell sunk.

More development will take place there slowly.”

Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Shri Harishankar Khatik will be present at the workshop’s concluding function on November 10.

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Author: madhubaganiar

Madhubaganiar loves to write on social issues especially for downtrodden segment of Indian society.

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