People of Ambajhari, a tribal dominated village under Lanjigarh Tehsil in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, are still waiting for basic facilities even after 73 years of Independence.
In 1990s, the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao and Chief Minister Biju Patnaik had visited the village and promised the people for their all-round development.
During the visit of PM Narasimha Rao, the villagers’ joy knew absolutely no bounds as they saw solar-power connection and tube-wells in the village overnight.
Addressing a public meeting in the village, the former Prime Minister had promised a primary health centre, school, all-weather road, 24-hour-electricity, drinking water facilities so on and so forth.
He even adopted the village nearly three decades before the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Subsequently, several Ministers, MPs, MLAs and renowned leaders from different political parties visited the village in different times and reiterated their promise for development.
However, the village still lacks health care facilities, power, road, education and safe drinking water.
“ We were very happy to use solar power when it started in 1990s; it was a big development for this village as it ended the darkness prevailing here. During the initial days, it worked and after one year the solar power became defunct,” said a villager.
“After Prime Minister’s visit, a primary school was established. However, lack of adequate teaching staff and the depleted condition of school building is a matter of concern,” said another villager.
“The residents of this village are still awaiting a concrete road up to Kadamguda and Kamardha as they depend on these villages for market, secondary schools and other purpose. Due to lack of road, patients are often carried on cots,” another village said.
Even as the Naveen Patnaik Government has been stressing optimum utilisation of funds for such rural pockets, for villagers of Ambajhari, development is still a far cry.
Several Central Government projects like Ujjwala Yojana, house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Yojana, are still to make a difference in the lives of the remote village.