Community Correspondents

Navita Devi

Navita Devi

Navita is aVV-PACS Correspondent from Katihar district in Bihar on the eastern border of India. She has worked with the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations, working towards spreading awareness amongst the Dalit community on issues like access to livelihoods under the government’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Katihar is a district plagued by low literacy rates and an abysmal sex ratio. Navita wants to focus her advocacy efforts to bring better lives to her peopleby bringing them access to facilities like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

Videos from Navita

Impact – People got their Right of Work, Gerabari Basti, Bihar – Video Volunteer, Navita...

 
/ September 18, 2015

Over 50 people of Gerawari Basti were unable to work under various government schems because of the lack of labour cards. Unaware of the procedure, they approached Navita Devi, our Community Correspondent, to help them get employment. Navita, on the behalf of villagerswrote an application to the PRS (poverty Reducing...

Corrupt Village Head demands bribes to release sanitation incentives

 
/ August 3, 2015

It has been a long wait for the residents of Ahimchak village of Katihar district in Bihar who had been looking forward to their incentives to start building their toilets. The Indian Government used to provide an incentive of Rs 10,000 (currently raised to 15,000), in installments, for each toilet...

Poor quality drains built in Bihar despite ample funds

 
/ August 3, 2015

The open sewage line in this village of Bihar has started disintegrating even before its construction is completed. The contractor has been cutting costs, using sub-standard cement and used bricks, and overlooking the set meaasurements according to the guidlines of the local administration. “The molding for the gutter was supposed...

Poor condition on roads stand in the way of healthcare

 
/ June 29, 2015

Poor condition of road keeps ambulance service from reaching pregnant women in Bihar. Women are forced to give birth at home in the absence of a trained health professional. Navita Devi Reports from, Bablabanna village, Katihar district, Bihar. This series on community monitoring ofmaternal health in India is supported by...

Lack of proper abortion facilities force women to run from pillar to post

 
/ June 22, 2015

Women seeking abortions in a remote village in India are turned away from the state-run health facilities due to a lack of infrastructure and are forced to approach private practitioners. Last year, 24- year old Masahun Khatun was 5 months pregnant when she fell in the front yard of her...

Waterlogged roads breeding diseases

 
/ November 24, 2014

Our VV-PACS community correspondent Navita Devi reports from Musapur village, in Katihar district of Bihar, on the bad condition of the roads. The roads in this neglected part of the village have not been laid properly and get waterlogged during rains. The clogged water, then, enters the houses and compounds....

Corrupt ASHA workers harass villagers

 
/ November 24, 2014

“Even though my baby died, ASHA workers took money from me,” says Indu Devi, a resident of Ahinkatol village, in Bihar’s Katihar district. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) are community health workers instituted by the government. They are trained to work as health educators in their localities but, as this...

MNREGA: 80 labourers, 20 days of work, no payment

 
/ November 7, 2014

Our VV-PACS Community Correspondent, Navita Devi, reports from Ahimachak village, in Bagicha Tola of Katihar district in Bihar, on how the village’s labourers are still awaiting compensation under M.N.R.E.G.A eight months after completion of the work allotted to them. Spokespersons for the affected community say that such irregularities are just...