This blog is dedicated to the People Led Development (PLD) approach in development sector. The blog reflects PLD stories and experiences from the fields of North East (NE) India, a repository of several ethnic groups with unique tradition and culture.
PLD is the integral component of a project titled Facilitating Agriculture Regeneration (FARM) in North East India. FARM is being implemented by partners in 7 states of NE India except Sikkim and supported by Caritas India.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD AND COMMUNITY HALL BY THE COMMUNITY
panchayat authorities of Rajabari village under Titabor Block of Jorhat, Assam paid
no heed to repeated written & verbal requests of the Uraon (Adivasi) people
from Rajabari village to construct a mere 140 m road that connects the Thaan
(place of worship for indigenous faith) from the main road. Thaan is an
integral part of the Uraon community that seeks blessings of their indigenous
God. Our Thaan was in a bad shape, especially during the rains & it was
almost impossible for us, especially women & children to make it to the
place (Thaan) for prayers said Bepin Tirkey of Rajabari village.
never united before & had lacked oneness among us said Mr. Raju Uraon from
Rajabari. The community not being united towards their cause in the initial stages
had to face a lot of challenges. It looked like that the question of religious
belief & well being of their fellow community finally brought the people
together. But the struggle was not over yet. Endless written & verbal
request to the authorities prove futile. We almost lost our hearts when all the
doors for help & support from the Government were closed in spite of
several representations since last two years said Mr.Raju Uraon from Rajabari village.
He further said we finally resolved to start of our own & that would be the
best tribute & homage to our God.
Project Team of FARM Northeast meanwhile put in all possible efforts behind the
people by trying to motivate them.
community began to work on a shift basis in the construction of the approach road
& community hall from 18 December 2014. The community involved equal
participation of women as well. The labour was divided among the men &
women in a manner that did not disturb their day to day activities. Our men
would work from the wee hours of morning upto 8.30 am & then they would go
to their fields, while we would finish up all the chores in the household by
9.00 am & then work until lunch & even thereafter said Ms. Sony Oraon. She also added that men would also contribute
labour once they returned from their fields until it gets dark in the evening.
a matter of about one and half month when we saw our hard work bearing results &
by 30th January 2015 the approach road & community hall respectively
was not only ready but operational as well said Bipen Tirkey.
we feel proud to have been able to restore the approach road & construct
the community hall as we are for the preservation of our rich culture &
heritage said Mr. Bepin Tirkey. The community of Rajabari village were thus
able to bring a change in the society & have also become an inspiration for
a lot of others in the area nearby.
one can see a well constructed approach road & a community hall standing tall
in the village.
Contributed By: Vincent Xalxo, SKD, Dibrugarh, Assam