Arani Basu- EW DELHI: A day after TOI reported about the anguish of tribal girls of an NGO called YUWA who are still waiting for the promised land for development of sports women in Ormanjhi in the state, the government has assured that the girls won’t be deprived of any facility.
While making it clear that the NGO couldn’t be given complete authority of the five acres of land allotted to build an academy near Ormanjhi (near Ranchi), Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh told TOI on Saturday: “The land can’t be given to the NGO. Yes, it has been given to the gram panchayat but there is no cause for worry. The land will be developed in two to three weeks and facilities will be made available to the rural kids.”
Dismissing YUWA’s founder and executive director Franz Gastler’s concern that the girls could be chased away from the academy due to social apathy in the region, the ministry said nothing of that sort would happen. “Jairam Ramesh would be travelling to Ranchi in a fortnight and since the rural development ministry is not solely responsible for setting up the academy, the sports secretary will also be there. Everything will be resolved there,” an official close to the minister said.
Talking about the apprehensions of YUWA being not given any role in the programme, which has grown due to the local mukhiya not showing interest in any discussion with the NGO, the official said: “Franz doesn’t understand the local politics. But there is no need to worry. The academy is their baby. It is made for his organization and hence they will be involved in the programme,” the official assured.