Bhubaneswar, Jan 2: To motivate youngsters from middle-class and lower income group families to work for development of the downtrodden and deprived people, a team of 450 young entrepreneurs visited Ganjam district recently.
The team comprising young entrepreneurs from across the country interacted with residents of Kankia and Tamana villages in the southern Odisha district. It can be recalled that Ganjam was severely affected by cyclonic storm Phailin on October 12, 2013.
“Such a gesture by entrepreneurs from outside the state was certainly a moral booster for the villagers, who are mostly tribals,” stated a local resident.
The entrepreneurs’ team is on a mission to improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor and have termed their initiative as ‘Jagriti Yatra’ organized by Mumbai-based ‘Jagriti Sewa Sansthan’, formed by ex-IITians.
The team left Mumbai on December 24 and prior to their visit to Odisha, they already held similar interactive sessions in Hubli and Bangalore in Karnataka, Madurai and Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. They would end their 7,500 km trip in Ahmedabad on January 13 after holding similar programmes in Patna in Bihar, Deoria in UP, Delhi, informed Joe Madiath, director of Gram Vikash, a voluntary organization.