Anchintya Ari Secretary – Samraipur Jan Kalyan Samiti: “Our village is predominantly a tribal village with over 80% households belonging to Lodha Tribe. Most of the families in the village are daily wage earners and lives in kutcha houses. Coming from the tribal community, and “so-called lower caste” we faced a lot of discrimination and hardship. On top of it, we lacked basic facilities; no proper drinking water source, no toilets and earthen lanes connecting houses that were difficult to walk on during rainy season. When no one took care of us, Tata Metaliks came forward. Under its CSR initiative, TML has ensured that 100% of the families have access to safe drinking water through solar operated drinking water system and sanitation facilities constructed in the form of community toilets and bathrooms for women. Village lanes are now cemented, and village looks so clean. Company also renovated two schools of the village. TML has completely changed the picture of my village.
Madan Rai, Member, Jan Kalyan Samiti (Raipara) – Madan Rai is a resident of Raipara under Kalaikunda Panchayat is an active member of the Jan Kalyan Samiti. Raipara is at a stone-throw away distance from TML, and was one of the first villages to be picked up for TML interventions. Madan Rai shares his plight about the time when clean drinking water and open defecation was a norm in the village.. He says various interventions done by TML, like the Learning Enhancement project in government primary school, Enhancing Livelihood through Goat Rearing Project. Adult Literacy for women is gradually transforming the village. Now the people themselves take up the responsibility to fix things for the betterment of all. It is now moving towards becoming a sustainable village, where the agents of change are the villagers themselves”.