Village With No Basic Facility
Power cuts mean a loss of normalcy. Our lifestyle is dependent upon the electrical grids almost to a point where we don’t know how to function without electricity. We cannot cook food on the gas stove if it has an electric ignition. We cannot keep ourselves warm if we have an electric heating system, we cannot charge phones in the absence of electricity, we cannot watch television, and there will be no water if the system is dependent on electrical pumps. It is hard to imagine our lives without modern amenities. They have become a necessity. Where one section of the society has all amenities to the point that it is a dependency, a larger part of the society does not even have access basic amenities.
The residents of Sunda Chainpura village, Khankra gram panchayat in Kishanganj block, Rajasthan have grown used to living with no “modern” amenities. They live under thatched roof, away from the sight of the government. They live without electricity and even without access to safe drinking water. It’s not just one person but 67 families who have been affected in this village.
The families of Sabariya community living in this village were once working as bonded labour. Their lands were taken away and encroached. With intervention from some NGOs, the state government freed them, and their lands were given back to them for cultivation. But the situation is still the same for them. They have just moved from shackles of bonded labours towards the cobwebs of abject poverty.
They have accustomed themselves so much that they believe their life will pass away in the light of kerosene lamps. They have no tube lights or ceiling fans. In fact, with frequent use of kerosene as a source of energy, the supply available through the Public Distribution System has run dry.
The villagers made an effort to ease their problems. They have dug one tube well in the village, but it was a tedious process as the villagers had to use a vessel attached to a long rope to draw water. They are still waiting for authorities to wake from their deep slumber.
India can not truly be considered ‘developed’ till all the citizens have access to basic amenities like clean water, proper housing, electricity, and education.
The Logical Indian requests the concerned authorities to take immediate action to help the villagers.