Villagers ready for change as hamlet turns into township

At a time industrialists are finding it difficult to convince villagers to part with their land across the country, people of a small Jharkhand hamlet cannot wait to see their block developed into an industrial township.

Patratu: At a time industrialists are finding it difficult to convince villagers
to part with their land across the country, people of a small Jharkhand hamlet cannot wait to see their block developed into an industrial township.

"Three years ago Kinni was just a sleepy village which was so conservative that women hardly ventured out. Now there is a buzz of excitement after the Jindal Steel and Power
Limited set up its Wire Rod Mill (in Patratu)," claimed Rohan Munda, the principal of a middle school here.

Backing Munda`s observation, about hundred members of self-help groups, looked after by the JSPL`s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), confirmed how their lives had changed for the better in the past year.

"The change is not only by way of income generation but also our understanding in social responsibility has grown," said Pinki, one of the members of SHG at Deoria village in
Patratu block while knitting an embroidery for a cushion.

"I never miss a day from school," one of the 200 girls to have got a bicycle each in the block under JSPL`s CSR.

The private sector has also helped about 2,000 girls by distributing school bags, uniforms and study materials besides providing benches to schools.

Jharcraft, a state government, is also helping the women of SHG by purchasing their products and finding them the market too.
Promising more help under their CSR, JSPL`s Executive Director (Jharkhand) M A Ansari said a model township would also come up in the area.

"We are there physically...our 6 MT steel plant will come by 2012 and we would like to have a model township in the area...the people are very cooperative," Ansari told reporters.
"We are negotiating directly with the villagers to get land. Unfortunately, land records are so old that it has become a problem in identifying the owners of barren land, making the process a bit cumbersome. But we are working on that...." Ansari said.

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