THE COLLECTOR’S VISIT TO MERAKANI VILLAGE : THE REPORTAGE IS INCOMPLETE
The District Collector, Nabrangpur, Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra and the Development Commissioner Mr. Pradeep Kumar Jena have swung into action and have shown that the Government is responsive.
The Collector Dr. Mishra was so much determined to support the village that he visited the village incognito by a motorcycle to check if the decision to close the school was correct. He found that there are 24 children instead of wrongly reported 20. Then and there he had taken the decision to reverse the decision.
On 9th February, he had visited the village formally with District, Block and Panchayat officials and had a detailed discussions with the villagers.
Here is a summary of the decisions taken and the outcome so far as narrated by the Collector:
- Interacted with 24 school going children of the village. I have already moved the S&M Education Department for reopening of this school. I declared at the spot that school will not be closed.
- FRA patta is the main demand of the villagers. Gram Sabha conducted on the spot & proposals have come & we will get these processed.
3 Six eligible old persons were sanctioned social security pension on the spot & pension was disbursed to them on the spot.
- 12 job cards were distributed on the spot.
- Trench cutting, new farm ponds, improvement of road ,goatery shed, etc., have been identified & demand generation done to be taken up under MGNREGS.
- Defunct tube well is repaired.
- DFO (Territorial) has been asked for pani variety bamboo plantation around the village, especially in the feasible patches.
- Visited the site of the old run off management structure & excavation of a pond will be done in next 7 days.
And the day belongs to the Collector Dr. Mishra and his singular pursuit to help a needy village.
A JOINT MACHINERY was established long ago in the then Planning Commission to actualise the GO-NGO Collaboration in which 20 Grassroots NGOs Functionaries and 20 Secretaries of the Government of India including the Secretary to the Prime Minister ( Mr. K.R.Venugopal) were members.
It was a platform to forge alliance and build up solid collaboration. As the things stand today, things have completely changed and the NGOs are no longer taken into account anywhere. Now the Laws and Policies related to the Governance of the NGOs and CSOs are being made stricter reducing the space for collaboration.
Coming back to Merakani village, the reportage will be more vibrant when every child would go to the school and all the families involved in the Bamboo Craft would get a decent livelihood.
Each family has a piece of land and crops are grown to ensure food security. Merakani would be Model Village in the area and would showcase the GO-NGO Collaboration.
The Collector Dr. Ajit K.Mishra has started a process of development which is unstoppable now !
- Achyut Das