India is a land of farmers. It is also a land of farmer suicides - the major culprit being Corruption.
Indian Government encourages farmers to use organic fertilisers by using earthworms to make Vermicompost. Under Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme of National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), financial assistance was provided for various horticulture activities in 2014. Assistance was provided up to Rs.30,000 per unit for setting up Vermicompost units. This scheme included subsidised materials to make these units.
But this scheme failed in Dumri village of West Champaran, Bihar because of corruption. Babulal, one of the farmers residing in Dumri village was asked to make Vermicompost by the Block Officer but he did not receive any money under the scheme. When the farmers went to the Block Office, the officers demanded a bribe for the work to be done.
Through this video, Community Correspondent Tanju Devi calls for action to ensure that these families are paid the amount due to them at the earliest.
In this video from Puri, Odisha, the RTI activist is badly assaulted and he alleges that the Police is protecting the culprits because of the political ideology and patronage of the ruling party of Odisha.
Our community correspondents operate as citizen journalists in their own community and bring the issues to the larger world through video reports. As a part of this process of transformation, we include government officials to play an important part.