Berhampur, June 24 (LocalWire): Sarah Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Gajapati, has decided to adopt the Soura tribal village in Bhubani panchayat located atop a hill, having a population of nearly 120.
Besides providing clothes to all people, including women and children, she has distributed books, mosquito nets, utensils, slippers, water containers, solar lights and masks, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“In the first phase, we have distributed these essential materials, as per the demands of the people,” she said.
With her personal initiation, some of these materials were procured from local entrepreneurs, funds from Mo Sarkar and the contribution from the alumni association of Hidayutullah National Law University (HNLA) Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
Sharma was serving there as an Assistant Professor in 2008, before becoming an IPS officer in 2010.
“During my discussion with the villagers about maintaining social distancing, I urged them to enroll their children in the nearby schools and to give up the shifting cultivation which caused the destruction of the jungle,” she said.
“The villagers gladly accepted the proposal, while the children were eager to go to school,” she said.
The remote village lacks basic infrastructure like roads, drinking water, and schools for the children.
The villagers who are eking out their livelihood by practicing shifting cultivation on the hilltops bear nature’s fury in the rainy season while living in very miserable conditions.
While most of the children have dropped their studies at the primary level due to poverty, they cannot even access basic health services.