Rampudipadar, a tribal village, is one such backward place under the Boriguma block of Koraput district. The sorry state of affairs in the village has put a question mark on the efficiency of various rural development and social welfare schemes of the State Government.
Poverty is evident from the dilapidated and broken thatched houses all over the village.
According to reports, as many as 60 families are residing in the village, which is 40 km away from the district headquarters. The village does not have a proper road. The villagers are forced to cross 7m hilly roads to reach nearby market and government offices.
Besides, the village doesn’t have proper healthcare facilities, following this, they are forced to approach traditional healers or sorcerers for treatment. The women here often struggle to receive rightful benefits during their pregnancy period because there are no hospitals nearby.
"There is nothing you can call a road to our village. It is just a cart track. No two or four-wheelers can travel on it. The village remains inaccessible to healthcare and education,” lamented a villager. “We approached the local MLA and government officials for providing road and safety drinking water. But in vain,” said a woman.
“We had boycotted votes demanding road, health care facility and drinking water. But no action was taken. We have also approached the sub-collector for the same; he has also assured us of the construction of a road. We are awaiting for the road for years,” said a local youth.
Though the government has been implementing many programs like Indira Awas Yojana, Mo Kudia and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana the poor tribals haven't yet received benefits from any such housing schemes.
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