Reality bites: People of Aredas village still in dark age!

Angul: Surrounded by mountains and forest, the Aredas village under Gadera panchayat in Angul district depicts a sordid tale of neglect by the officials of Odisha government.

Forget electricity, basic amenities including drinking water facility and road connection is still a distant dream for at least 100 tribal families in this hamlet even after 70 years of country’s Independence.

“Not a single government scheme reaches this village. While all other hamlets in the panchayat are being provided different facilities, nothing comes here and we don’t know why. The district administration has chosen to ignore us. They keep telling us to produce different papers which we have no idea about,” says Pari Behera, a villager.

“There are no roads to this village and it becomes so difficult to access health care facilities in case of emergencies. The doctors refuse to come and see critical patients because of lack of proper road connectivity. The widows are not being provided their pensions and we don’t have even a single pukka house,” rued Chaitanya Nayak, a villager.

Block Chairman, Niranjan Dehuri on the other hand had clarified that as the people here are yet to be included in the socially backward list,  they have not been able to ripe the benefits of some government scheme.

“The names of these villagers were not in the list of beneficiaries under different schemes leading to the situation. However some of the villagers have got their names enlisted in the new Nirman Shramik scheme. We hope that this will improve the condition of the village,” said Dehuri.

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