Community Correspondents

Abhishek Dash

Abhishek Kumar Dash is a Community Correspondent from Nuapada district, Odisha.

His dream was to become an engineer. Though he enrolled in a B.Sc. program, he was forced to drop out halfway through, as his family faced dire financial circumstances. He then started and gave up a successful business, to become a social activist because he felt the need for a stronger leadership which would be able to work out the different issues prevalent in society. He sees video as a tool that can document the problems faced by his people and help them take action.

Videos from Abhishek

No Basic Facilities for Malapada School

/ July 29, 2014

The Right to Education Act, 2009 guarantees free and compulsory education for all children from 6-14 years.  There is a list of basic infrastructure facilities to be provided for each and every school.  However, students of Malapada Upper Primary School are not getting the facilities they are entitled to.   ...

No Right to Health

/ July 7, 2014

Article 21 of Indian Constitutionstates:Protection Of Life And Personal Liberty: No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.This has come to include the Right to Health as a fundamental right and thus the Government has a responsibility to fulfill it. ...

I’ll set up your electricity connection, but won’t provide you with electricity

/ July 2, 2014

In accordance with the Rajeev Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, Below Poverty Line (BPL) families should receive free electricity from the Government.  However residents of Singhjhor village, though connected to the electricity supply are not receiving electricity.    Call to Action:  Residents need you support to put pressure on the Site...

Help empower Mahagaon residents to receive Electricity

/ June 18, 2014

Having no electricity in the 21st century is unthinkable to most of us.  However this is the reality for 150 families from Mahagaon village who had been promised electricity for the past 1.5 years.  They are still waiting.  Having complained to the relevant officials the only reply the have received...

INSIGHT into Community Radio in Odisha

/ June 3, 2014

VV Correspondent Abhishek Dash reports from Dalipathna, Nuapada district, Odisha explaining how radio is one of the best mediums for villagers to gain insight into what government schemes are available and what their entitlements are.   Purna Chandra Banchoor a resident informs Abhishek, “There is an organisation called ‘Chalo Chalo’...

MGNREGA Aiding Migration

/ April 11, 2014

As per provisions of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, each registered worker is ensured a minimum 100 days of work in a year and full payment of their wages at the end of the work. The projects include anything from laying a road to digging a well....

Skewed Student Teacher Ratio

/ April 2, 2014

Community correspondent Abhishek Das reports on skewed student teacher ratio of Jadamunda village’s upgraded high school. Jadamunda is located in the Komna block of Nuapada district, Odisha towards the east west border of the district. 279 Students from class 1st to class 8th study here who are managed by only...

Waiting for Infrastructure

/ April 1, 2014

Since the launch of our campaign ‘Pass Ya Fail?’ an audit of the Right to Education Act in India, our Community Correspondents have been busy visiting schools in their areas to document the ground level challenges in getting children access to education. This video report comes from Jhagrahi village, Komna...