Community Correspondents

Purna Chandra

Purna Chandra is our India Unheard Community correspondent from Sundargarh District, Odisha. He has been involved in social work with adivasis and Dalits for some time now and is proud that he has been able to use his education and exposure for this. The media, he says, doesn’t go into the interiors of the country to report the issues there. He wants to change this situation and wants to make videos that reflect issues that are relevant to his community.

Videos from Purna

Benefits denied due to Absence Of Caste Certificate

/ April 7, 2016

Sewan Munda of Badanuangaon village in Sundargarh District of Odisha belongs to the Munda(Tribal) community. In 1962, during land settlement, the caste mentioned on his land document was recorded as Munda Christian and not Munda, because of which he is unable to get a valid caste certificate made. A Caste...

No power lines below the poverty line – Purnachandra Nayak reports for IndiaUnheard

/ August 20, 2015

A few years ago, the village of Kantaguda, Lahunipada block of Sundergarh was overcome with great excitement when electricity poles were installed. This tiny village is Odisha is home to 22 families living Below Poverty Line. More than 2 years later, they still have no electricity connection. They have submitted...

Forest Rights Act fails yet again in Odisha

/ July 29, 2015

Gurugungia block, Sundergarh district, Odisha | Purna Chandra Nayak 250 families from 3 villages of Gurugungia block of Sundergarh district in Odisha had applied for forest land in 2010. No land has been provided till date. Most families are daily wage workers and can only sustain themselves for only 2-3...

Laxidhar Sandyal is like your grandfather. You can help him!

/ July 4, 2014

“Now my hands and legs don’t work properly due to arthritis…My daughter and wife have to go to work for a daily wage, so that we can survive.”   This is the reality for 80 year old Laxidhar Sandyal from Rangamatia village who has not been receiving his old age...

Outrage! Government farm which doesn’t pay its employees

/ July 2, 2014

“As a daily wage labourer she has to be paid her wages by the end of every week.”But due to the negligence of the farm workers Boiti Pradhan has not been receiving her wages for the last three months.  The most shocking thing is that she works for a Government...

No bridge, so? Just carry the pregnant woman over river

/ July 1, 2014

Sambari Munda, a resident of Turikhol hamlet explains, “We are facing a lot of problems because there is no bridge…We find it difficult even going to the hospital.  During my delivery time, the Janani Express (ambulance) came once.  But the driver refused to cross the naala.  He said I had...

Residents Stand up to Corrupt Anganwadi Contractor

/ June 16, 2014

Under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, Anganwadis which are an all-encompassing health care centre were established in 1975. Its goals are vital and comprehensive: to combat child nutrition and hunger, to provide basic health care, and to offer pre-school education. The main beneficiaries are young children, teenage girls, pregnant women...

Sketchy Houses

/ June 2, 2014

The Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) Scheme is a 1985 Indian government initiated social welfare programme created to provide housing for the rural underprivileged in India. People like Dhaneswari are promised a house under this scheme, however due to corrupt staff members like Mitru her house is left half finished with...