Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jagannath Prasad, March 12:
Even after 69 years of independence, residents of Akulkumpha village under Jagannath Prasad Block in Odisha’s Ganjam district are struggling for basic amenities like electricity and connectivity.
Like many other villages in the state, this village is also another victim of government apathy.
The tribal village is surrounded by hills and forests and is located just seven kilometres away from Jagannath Prasad Block headquarters.
Inhabited by 22 families with a population of 90 residents, the village plunges into darkness after sunset.
The tribal residents depend mainly on collection of forest produces and sell them in the nearby markets. They have to return by evening as darkness brings threat of wild animals. Far away from modernity, they lead a very insecure life in their frugal thatched huts.
In 1998 electric poles had been erected but the electric lines had not been charged. These were wrecked in the 1999 Super Cyclone and since then their dream of having power supply to their homes has been in the cold storage, while the government is announcing number of rural electrification schemes.