Jajpur: Fresh roads, water filters, solar lights and visit of doctors on every Wednesday. With the failure of all these measures to improve the standard of living of the poor tribals and their malnourished children of Nagada area, the Jajpur district administration today launched bus service to help local residents reach other parts of the state to learn about behvavioural changes.
Local BJD MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai and Jajpur collector Ranjan Kumar Das launched the daily bus service at Danagadi. The bus will run between Chandikhol and Nagada via Sukinda and Kalinganagar.
After the inauguration of the bus service, Priti Ranjan Ghadai alias Danny told reporters that Nagada people will have the facility to commute to other parts like Jajpur, Chandikhol and Bhubaneswar and will get plenty of opportunities to learn many things for behavioural changes. The MLA claimed that it was a big step to help mitigate their problems.
With no mobile network and majority of Nagada’s population not knowing how to operate a mobile phone to call in “108’ ambulance service, and lack of health and sanitation provisions, it remains to be seen how much Priti Ranjan’s claim of a bus service can change their fate line.
Nagada hogged limelight in 2016 after the serial death of 19 children due to malnutrition. In July this year, Manasi, the 3-year-old girl who had become the unfortunate ‘mascot’ of Nagada died in a hospital in Jajpur while another 4-year-old boy had breathed his last in April. Even now two other kids are undergoing treatment in a nutritional centre.
Nagada area consists of three tribal hamlets-Tala Nagada, majhi Nagada and Upara Nagada. Most of the residents are Juang tribals and the population of the area would be little above 220 persons including its hapless children. With very little purchasing power, it remains to be seen how the tribals will be able to buy bus tickets see the outside world to improve their general knowledge on heath, sanitation and clean environment.