Reported by Simanchal Pattanaik
Phulbani, Jul 3:
One her first tour to the constituency eight months after getting elected, Kandhamal BJD MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh adopted remote Bilabari village under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on Thursday.
The MP called upon the officials to convert the village into an Adarsh Gram (ideal village) by the end of 2015 while speaking at an inaugural function of a community hall in the village.
Only 30 km away from the district headquarters, the village lacks basic amenities such as access to proper communication, health services, electricity, drinking water and education. While the 102 and 108 ambulances are unable to reach the village due to lack of roads, the poor villagers shell out Rs 800 to rent an auto. Lives are put at risk in the event of inability to pay that money.
Besides, the students read in a broken house under life-threatening conditions, a ladies hostel lies half built since past five years, sighting a doctor, pharmacist or nurse in the community health centre is as rare as hen’s teeth. The school teaches only up to class-VIII beyond which the students need to move a long distance to the next school, catalysing dropout rate.
The villagers are, however, optimistic following the visit of Pratyusha and expecting that at least a high school, proper road and electrification will be completed following the inclusion of the village under SAGY.
“This is the very first time an MP has braved the terrain to visit our village. I am confident; this village will prosper after its inclusion in SAGY. This entire area will prosper, should the MP desire so,” said village committee member Mihir Mallick.