Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Even nearly after eight decades of Independence, many parts of Odisha are still deprived of basic amenities. Take the case of three villages- Doringa, Jhiripara and Siuli under Jagannathprasad block in Ganjam district. Basic amenities, including electricity and drinking water facilities, still elude the villagers here.

As per reports, the residents of the areas are also deprived of various Central and State government schemes. They have not got houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) yet. As there is no school nearby, the children from these villages are forced to cover 20 km distance every day to study in an ashram school. 

The villagers are also forced to use contaminated water from ponds and well as they don’t have proper drinking water facilities in their areas. Moreover, the villagers have to cover 25 km distance to collect their ration and allowances from Jagannathprasad Panchayat office.

“We are facing lots of difficulties in our area sans basic amenities. We don’t have electricity and drinking water facilities in our village. Though we have requested the higher authorities about our difficulties umpteen times, it has fallen in deaf ears,” rued Bidyadhar Mallick, a villager.

The villagers further alleged massive irregularities in the implementation of government schemes in their areas.

In response, Bhanjanagar Sub-Collector Anil Kumar Sethy assured that efforts will be made soon to ensure electricity and drinking water facilities for the villagers. He also said that effort will be made to provide the allowances at the doorstep.

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“We will make a detailed plan and take immediate steps to provide basic amenities in those villages,” said Sethy.

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