Landapaju, a tribal village, is one such backward place under the Chakapada block of the Kandhamal district. The sorry state of affairs in the village has put a question mark on the efficiency of various rural development and social welfare schemes of the State Government. Poverty is evident from the dilapidated and broken thatched houses all over the village.
According to reports, as many as 60 families are residing in the village, which is four km away from the block headquarters. The village does not have a proper road. The villagers are forced to cross several miles of hilly roads to reach the nearby markets and government offices.
Besides, the village doesn’t have proper healthcare facilities, following this, they are forced to approach traditional healers or sorcerers for treatment. The women here often struggle to receive rightful benefits during their pregnancy period because there are no hospitals nearby.
"There is nothing you can call a road to our village. It is just a cart track. No two or four-wheelers can travel on it. The village remains inaccessible to healthcare and education,” lamented a villager. “We approached the local government officials for providing road and safe drinking water. But in vain,” said a local.
Though the government has been implementing many programs like Indira Awas Yojana, Mo Kudia, and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana the poor tribals haven't yet received benefits from any such housing schemes.
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