Anti Poverty Programs

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With an expanding IT sector and an annual economic growth rate of seven percent, India’s growth seems unstoppable. In an effort to keep pace with the economy, the Indian government, in hand with international agencies and private contractors, is undertaking a formidable set of domestic development programs. These programs are aimed at building the networks and facilities that must be in place if the country is to continue to grow. Without these crucial development projects, India’s fast-paced progress could be derailed. However, these projects come with significant and sometimes irrevocable consequences. Many are displaced with little to no compensation. The government’s methods are often highly questionable and many are disenfranchised as a result of Delhi’s national ambitions. In this section, India Unheard community correspondents look into India’s development schemes and programs.

85-years-old Widow Deprived of Pension

 
/ March 4, 2016

85-year-old Sindhu Bala Pradhan has not been receiving her old age pension since past 5 years. In 2005, her name was suddenly struck of the BPL list which led to cancellation of her pension too. She lives with her son in Kamalpur village of Sagar block in South 24 Parganas....

Land allotted but on papers only

 
/ February 26, 2016

Those displaced from Sardar Sarovar Dam project are still waiting to be rehabilitated. In another case of utter neglect from the government, people have been allotted land on paper but the allotted property either belongs to someone else or is unusable.      Chetan Salve reports from Narmadanagar of Nandurbar...

Open Sewers of Ghatkopar

 
/ February 18, 2016

People keep falling in the open sewers and end up getting wounded at Nalanda Nagar, Ghatkopar. The residing community is afraid for their children who are most susceptible to this hazard and demand the drains to be covered as soon as possible. Through this video, Community Correspondent Zulekha puts forth...

Forest Dept usurps land from farmers in Gaunaha, Bihar

 
/ February 11, 2016

Vanahava Parsa is a tiny village in Gaunaha, Bihar. The people of Vanahava are traditionally a forest dwelling community, and several generations have been residing on this land for several decades. Many are farmers, and maintain a harmonious existence with the forest as they are dependent on forest produce for...

11 elderly struggling to get pension since 3 years

 
/ February 8, 2016

65-year-old Pujar Dang has been trying to get his old age pension for past 3 years. He has met the Jan Sevak, Village Head and even the Ward member regarding his pension but is simply being made to travel from pillar to post. Pujar lives in Ramjadi Panra toli hamlet...

Bridge about to collapse

 
/ February 5, 2016

Over 5000 people from 4 villages have to use the rickety wooden bridge daily. To commute to any of the major areas, one has to cross this 30 year old bridge over the dried river Torsha. People have to carry their cattle across the river. The bridge has been broken...

How long shall we build our own bridges?

 
/ January 29, 2016

Since 1984, the villagers of Maraghia in Bihar have been building their own bamboo bridges to cross the Barandi river, which flows between the village and all the major areas like the market, nearby village, block office etc. ‘One has to cross the river in order to go anywhere outside...

Self Help group: Empowered or Enslaved?

 
/ January 25, 2016

Women from a self help group in Jagjir Champa, Chhattisgarh have not been paid for stitching work done over past 7 months. 19 women from Jairamnagar gathered together and started stitching uniforms for government schools to tackle unemployment. Even though they continue to work tirelessly, this work contributes nothing towards...