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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Rourkela: From garments to home decors and even toys for children, this tribal 'Haat' at Pokrabahal village near the Steel City sells everything for just Rs 5 per piece.

Trying to shun the so called freebies culture that the poor of Odisha have been made accustomed to, some professors from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Rourkela have joined hands to set up this unique market to help out poor tribals devoid of basic amenities.

And they are not giving those up free of cost, but have put a nominal cost of Rs 5 on every product on sale, just to inculcate 'earn to live' culture among them.

As per reports, the 'haat' was organised by the NIT professors with the help of an NGO named Abhibyakti Research and Development Foundation, which was founded by Dr Antarjita Nayak, a Postdoctoral researcher at NIT herself.

Speaking about the noble cause, Nayak said, "We have put almost everything on sale here. Our purpose of this haat was to break the freebies culture, so that the buyers understand the value of money and the effort needed to make these products."

"Apart from that, we have arranged a debate competition to be held on International Women's Day on Monday for women who have purchased items from this haat. And the winner of the competition will be gifted a bicycle for her child," said Nayak.

"We chose this village because it has a good number of children and we feel that in order to shape the future of our state, we need to infuse values in them right from childhood. Moreover, Abhibyakti Research and Development Foundation has adopted this village to provide healthcare, education to the locals.

The earnest effort by these educationists has garnered commendations from all quarters.

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