Jajpur, July 28 (LocalWire): A Singapore-based NRI businessman, Satya Sutar donated Rs one lakh as working capital to set up a village bank for the economical growth of people in the under-developed tribal-dominated Nagada hillock within the mineral rich Sukinda block of Jajpur district, which had earned infamy over several child malnutrition deaths in 2016.
‘I decided to transform the lives of the tribal people of Nagada by providing financial help to them and have given the first installment of one lakh rupees to the village committee comprising six women.
The committee members will provide the money to the villagers to start small businesses and for cultivation of maize and paddy without any interest.
I also donated them sarees, dresses and other items.
It is my mission to develop the financial condition of the poor villagers through the village bank,’ said Satya Sutar.
‘What I am today is because of my family and my village.
I owe a lot to my motherland. Everyone should give back something to his family, village, state and country. I have started in a very small way in Nagada,’ added Sutar.
‘This is a very small contribution on my part in comparison to what the people of the state and my parents have done for me,’ he said.
In the wake of the death of Juang children due to malnutrition three years back, the authorities did many developmental work in Nagada and its nearby areas which includes the construction of a 12-kilometer-long road to connect Nagada with the nearby town Kaliapani.
But the authorities failed to provide them financial help to run any business.
The officials should also grant land pattas to the tribals and the forest dwellers under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, added Sutar.
Tribals of Nagada have not come to the mainstream and most of them are far from development and education.
They are the some of the poorest of poor tribes.
The geographical distance from the main towns are another deciding factor for their development, said Sutar.
‘We are happy that an NRI provided financial help to the tribal people of Nagada and opened a village bank.
Other rich people should extend their helping hands towards them like Satya Sutar,’ said Bhagabati Mohant the former chairperson of Sukinda block.