Bastar has started shunning the cruel dictates of red terrorists who deprived the people of even basic amenities for four decades. The huge turnout at the launch of Ayushman Bharat Scheme by Prime Minister on April 14 at Jangla village in Bijapur proves people want development not guns
The Change Agents
Linguram Thakur from Chote Tumnar village and Budhram Kashyap from Talnar village are two role model farmers who are promoting organic farming and preserving different varieties of traditional seeds with the help of local administration. Linguram Thakur has preserved 53 varieties, while Budhram Kashyap has preserved 63 varieties. They have been granted special rights for several varieties under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001. They briefed their work to the Prime Minister during the visit. “If a farm production centre is opened in our district, it will benefit the farmers a lot,” feels Budhram Kashyap, who started this work after the opening of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Bijapur in 2013. About 1100 farmers are now involved in organic farming through KVK in Bijapur. About 60 farmers have got them registered for preserving the seeds of traditional varieties at Chhote Tumnar village alone. “We will expand this work in entire Bijapur this year,” Linguram Thakur added.
How it Happened
How this change took place? Ayyaj Tamboli, Collector of Bijapur explains: “We started close interactions with the Village Sarpanchs and Panchayat members. The condition was so pathetic till sometime back that people had to travel 160 km to Jagdalpur for treatment of even the viral fever. Hence, we upgraded District Hospital, equipped it with state of the art facilities, recruited 150 local nurses and other paramedical staff, offered special pay package and facilities to the specialist doctors and recruited them from different parts of the country. It all resulted in the change that the monthly deliveries, which used to be hardly 30 earlier, are now over 150 per month in the District Hospital. In order to ensure better health facilities our Mitanins sit in the Haat Bazars. Through Mitanins, we have reached 94 new villages where earlier nobody dared to reach. Road and electricity are the means, which helped us hugely in changing the mindset of people. The villages, where Naxals used to hold their Darbars have now joined the development process. Annaram village is an example of it. We built road there and provided electricity also. With the building of National Highway (NH) from Lalaguda to Bhopalpattnam, which was pending since 1998, people living in the left wing extremism affected villages started shifting to the roadside areas. The real instruments of change in this region are our employees, who displayed extraordinary commitment.”
Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Development Hub created at Jangla can be a game changer all over the country. In this hub, all necessary services—bank, ATM, health centre, Patwari office, fair price shop, Anganwadi Kendra, etc, needed by villagers in daily life have been provided at one place. This model needs to be adopted at nation level.