Baripada, February 27(LocalWire) In a bid to decipher everyday needs of her family, a woman from Lodha community, one of most Primitive Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in Betnoti area in Mayurbhanj district has resorted to driving auto-rickshaw for a living.
Her willingness and desire are commendable in a society where men are expected to work outside home.
She does not care what people have to say about her being an auto-driver, she knows what she wants.
Jayanti Naik, age 35 of Dhansole is the hero we need in today’s times.
She has been providing financial assistance to educate her two children and fulfil the everyday needs of the family by driving her auto-rickshaw in the district.
Jayanti was married off to Batua Naik before she was 18.
After two months of her marriage, she lost her house and other possessions in the 1997 Cyclone.
It is when her miseries started.
Having lost all the documents in the cyclone, her husband didn’t get a job.
Jayanti has to leave school in class IX due to poverty.
In order to sustain her family, she had to serve in a local Anganwadi centre as a helper and got Rs.30 per month.
It wasn’t sufficient for her family so she started her own business of Sal leaves.
Later, she learnt driving and bought an auto-rickshaw.
She is currently serving in as a worker in an Anganwadi centre in the morning and manages to earn Rs. 500 per month.
“I manage to contribute 70% to the family’s total expenditure.
I have earned above Rs. 8,000 per month from auto-rickshaw driving.
I don’t charge from emergency cases and patients,” said Jayanti Naik.
“My husband is very supportive of my work and encourages me, I’m very happy with the work that I do”.
“I am very proud for my wife for earning through righteous ways,” said Batua Naik.
Jayanti said, “a lot of benefits have been given by the government for the Ludha community under The Lodha Development project, but her family has been deprived of the facilities and other benefits like a house under Indra Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Biju Pucca Ghar”.