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.
Friday, 11 September 2015
COMMUNITY ACTION BRINGS BACK A DEFUNCT POST OFFICE TO LIFE
is the Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the project
villages under FARM North East. This village is presumably a little ahead of
others in terms of communication & transport but development is still in a
very slow pace. FARM North East, however, seems to have unleashed a ray of
optimism among the people of this village by motivating them to utilise their own
potential & do what is best for them. “We
saw the power of unity in us when we worked together to ban the popular soft
drink in our area”, said Ms. D. Renia.
last 3 years the post office of Boasimla was almost non-existent. The makeshift
building was completely damaged & there were no officials attending to the
much needed essential service that is otherwise enjoyed by citizens in almost
every corner of the country. “I as an
educated unemployed youth need to apply for various jobs & for thatto send filled up job application forms via
post but I was unable to do so & I had to travel 47 Kms to Ziro by spending
my own pocket money of Rupees 400/-”, said a disappointed youth Rakhe
nearest post office was at Ziro, the District headquarters of Lower Subansiri.
Even students were at the receiving end as they had to travel to Ziro to apply
for higher studies. Moreover, the community in Boasimla were deprived of taking
benefits of various saving schemes of post office. “I hear that one can make savings in the post office, even I wanted to
save but I have dropped the idea as I cannot be travelling to Ziro every
month”, said Ms. Guchi Atick.
The newly established Post Office at Boasimla
project team of Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) was made aware
of the issue of post office while they were interacting with the community during
one of their routine visits. “We were
busy implementing out project activities & it was during the month of
January 2015 that we came to know about the problem”, said Ms. Boni Anima,
member, Team IDEA. The people of boasimla shared their grievances with IDEA
& pointed out that they are serious to do something about it. “We told IDEA friends that the issue of a
regular post office have been a long standing demand of the people & that
they must show us the way to fulfil our demand”, said Godak Taram.
Day to day activity in the post office
“How long would we go on discussing about
this problem?”, said Choki Punung. The Farmers’ Club (FC)
decided after rounds of meeting & consultations with Team IDEA that they
would approach the authorities at Ziro to find a permanent solution. The farmers
and the community decided to form a Village Action Team (VAT) consisting of 15
men & women together for taking up the issue with the concerned authorities
during the month of February 2015. Team IDEA meanwhile was facilitating the
peoples’ movement towards solving the issue. “As we did not know much, we were guided by our IDEA friends on whom to
approach in Ziro for our issue to be addressed”, said Boni Dominic.
held met the Superintendent Officer (CSO), Post Office at Ziro & while making
a written request to CSO held several rounds of meetings during the month of
March 2015. “It wasn’t easy for us to
travel all the way to Ziro for meeting the CSO but deep in our heart we were
determined to get the job done”, said Taw Halli.
the CSO & other officials did not budge despite of several requests. But
they gave in finally when they realised that it was a genuine issue. The
officials were convinced that the people of Boasimla & nearby areas have
been deprived of a pot office since many years and those they genuinely
deserved one in their area. CSO was prompt enough to pass on official order to
make the post office operational with immediate effect. The people in turn also
made a noble gesture by volunteering themselves for the construction of the
post office building.
today has a fully functional post office with staffs regularly attending to
peoples’ needs. “Our struggle bore
results & we feel delighted about it”, said Rigio Yakio.