Agent of change: Motivated by IFS officer, Jharkhand villagers build 700 check-dams -Mukesh Ranjan

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published Published on Jul 19, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 19, 2020

-The New Indian Express

From strengthening Gram Sabha to shunning alcoholism, IFS officer motivates villagers to transform their lives through ‘shramdaan’, which helped them build 700 check-dams.

JHARKHAND: Nothing could have changed Ara and Keram villages under Ormanjhi Block, located about 45 km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.

The people sold forest wood, did menial works and drank the local spirit.

The result was only natural: The two villages were economically and socially most backward in the state. That was three years back.

Today, the villages are self-reliant, and there are opportunities in a variety of works — dairy, poultry and goat farming.

Many have their own shops, and beauty parlours have sprouted. The transformation led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mention the villages in his ‘Mann ki Baat.’

Ask any villager of the 110 households what brought it all about, s/he would tell you about Siddharth Tripathi, IFS, posted as Commissioner (MGNREGA).

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The New Indian Express, 19 July 2020,

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