I am Umesh Kumar Tori from Dhanbad. The plights of bad and beaten roads are not new in our country. One such road is the NH32- the road which connects Dhanbad and Ranchi in Jharkhand. The coal capital of Jharkhand is probably suffering from the worst conditioned roads. The bad roads are causing frequent and regular accidents. The best thing is that the Ministers, Senior Officers regularly take this road but they just don’t care and are absolutely unperturbed by the road condition. It’s difficult to find whether there is a pit on the road or the road in the pit? Despite of the regular allotment of tenders to maintain NH32, unfortunately the condition of the road remains the same and deteriorating further. Dhanbad provides a major chunk of revenue to the state government and despite that it is suffering with the menace of bad roads. It nearly gives me a nightmare when I think of the roads in other districts. I request to all you, call to our district magistrate and help to solve this problem. 03262312401
Call Umesh to know about the bad conditioned NH32 – 9798545001
A 3rd standard student Jyoti Kumari (Bokaro , Jharkkhand ) is reciting a poem ‘चतुर कौआ’
बड़ी प्यास से मारा मारा,
भटक रहा है कौआ बेचारा,
गाँव गाँव में नगर नगर में
पानी ढूंड न पाया हरा ,
सहसा एक घड़ा जो देखा,
पर पानी था थोडा उसमें,
कंकड़ कंकड़ चुन कर,
कौआ लगा फेकनें बीच घड़े में
घड़े के गर्दन तक जब पानी पंहुचा,
तब निज प्यास बुझाई,
अक्ल और मेहनत के बल पर
किसने नहीं सफलता पाई,
V.K.Verma from Girdih, Jharkhand is reciting a self-composed poem and trying to tell us the importance of Jal Jangal Jameen and environment.
To know more, contact V.K. Verma – 9006982121
पानी का महत्व पता चलता है हमें सूखे से,
भोजन का महत्व पता चलता है हमें भूखे से,
जंगल का महत्व भी पता चलता है हमें,
बिगड़ते प्राकृतिक संतुलन से,
यानि की प्राकृतिक आपदयों से,
जमीन के महत्व का भी पता चल रहा है हमें,
देश की बढती जनसँख्या से,
पर फिर भी हम क्यों इसके महत्व जानने में लगे है,
इन समस्याओं के समाधान के लियें क्यों नहीं सोचते हैं हम,
क्यों नहीं सोचते है हम इनके निराकरण और निवारण के बारे में,
क्यों नहीं समझना चाहते इन कारणों को,
क्यों नहीं जाना चाहते इन समस्याओं के जड़ तक,
क्यों नहीं क्यों नहीं,
आखिर कब तक बचेगें अपनी जिम्मेदारियों से,
आखिर कब तक भागेंगे अपने आप से,
आइये सब एक साथ मिल कर,
इन समस्याओं के समाधान के बारे में सोचे और पहल करें,
जल जंगल जमीन के साथ अपनी रक्षा,
और अपने परिवार के साथ साथ देश और आने वाली नयी पीढ़ी की रक्षा करें|
JM Rangeela is reporting about the Govt inaction to the injustice inflicted upon many displaced and tribals in Jharkhand. This one questions CCL’s (Central Coalfield Ltd.) policies on displacement and rights. of a tribal family wh questioning on. CCL had acquired 6.44 acre land of Late. Jagah Namdev’s (vil. Etkheda, block. Chandrapur, Bokaro, Jharkhand) in 1972. 42 years have gone by in vain for this tribal family, they still did not get job and compensation! After Jagah’s son, now his grandchildren keep on visiting the CCL office seeking justice. The reporter says that many political biggies live around the place but nobody cares for the downtrodden. These, bring out the irony in the promised protection of tribal rights, that made Jharkhand a state and one tribal a Chief Minister. You can contact JM Rangeela @ 8002242808
J.M. Rangeela from Bokaro,Jharkhand is singing a lok geet (folk song) which is written by Poet Shivkumar. He is a well known poet in Kotha literature. This folk song is talks about the importance of unity.
Anand Kumar from Giridh,Jharkand talks about the terror which is being spread by the Bahubali’s (Local Goons) in the village. He is also talking about the sad state of affairs where the poor are not getting the BPL card but Rich people do. The administration is not doing enough for the villagers & he expects them to act on their concern.
You can reach him on 7677073986
Raju Rana (District Chatra, Jharkhand) is speaking about the local who collect leaves from the forest to make ‘pattal’ (plates made of leaves). Out of every two days’ hard work, one can make ten bundles of pattals and earn just thirty rupees total. It is a traditional job (passed on for generations) for many, but now it is more out of compulsion for women who are severely poverty stricken. Raju demands from Govt help for making these poor women economically self sufficient.
Kailash Giri speaking from Bokaro (Jharkhand): the river Damodar is badly affected by toxic dumping. DVC, CCL, CCCL, BCCL (and other cement factories) are dumping their waste (oil, grease and harmful chemicals etc.) in the river. Local people have to drink the same water after filtering. This results in many suffering from various diseases in this area. Several times, villagers raised this issue and demanded the companies to stop polluting the river, but nothing happened because of Govt inaction. Kailash Giri is worried about the future.
Help save damodar, for more details, call : Kailash Giri at 9608511810
Ask the Pollution Control Board to take action : phone – 0651-2400894/851/852/902/979/138,
Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board grievance form – http://www.jspcb.org/OnlineGrievanceForm.aspx
J.M. Rangeela (District Bokaro, Jharkhand) is reporting about the bad condition of the houses and Govt neglect towards the Birhor tribal community living in village Dongri, Bihar (Block Gomia, District Bokaro, Jharkhand). There are 89 people from 21 families are living there. Their homes are in very shabby condition which can collapse any time. Governments is said have spent lakhs for improving tribal people’s lives, but here, there is no sign of welfare currently. Government built their house in 1989-90 but now their homes are in such bad conditions that they can collapse anytime. They are also not getting full ration, at least 2 Kgs less rice than what they are supposed to get from Govt. Lakhan Mahato, President of Kishan Sabha and secretory Vijay Mahato have informed the block offices about these issues, but government official looks busy in other work nobody seems to have any concerns or time for the Birhor people. The people are demanding that the Govt need to build new houses for the Birhor tribe and support other rightful facilities for them.
You can contact J.M Rangeela for more details– 8877185940
V.K Verma from Giridi (Jharkhand) recites a poem on the importance of protecting nature and how our neglect to nature creates disasters and destruction.
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है
देख कर भी उत्तराखंड जैसी तबाही,
इसका शिकार हुए लोग जब दी गयी इसकी गवाही,
पर फिर बात क्यों नहीं आयी समझ में हमारी,
कि जैसा स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
क्योंकि ऐसा लगता है,
जैसे प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है,
क्यों नहीं सोचते है लोग,
इसके समाधान के बारे में,
पता नहीं कैसा हमारा समाज है,
हमें पता है जब,
जैसी स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
देख रहे है सामने हम भयंकर सूखा,
ये अहसाह तब होगा,
जब पूरा परिवार सोयेगा भूखा,
फिर भी लोग अनजान बने हुए है,
जैसे कोई राग है,
जैसे कोइ राग है,
तनिक भी नहीं सोचते है,
अपने बारे में,
कि कैसा हमारा साम्राज्य है,
और भी पता नहीं क्या हो सकता है
क्या नहीं हो सकता है,
जब प्रकृति ही हमसे नाराज है,
प्रकृति ही हमसे नाराज है,
चलो चल कर प्रकृति को मानाने का प्रयास करें,
उसके दुःख दर्द और गमो का एहसास करें,
हमें पता है जब
कि पेड़ पौधे लगन और उसकी रक्षा करना ही
प्रकृति को मानाने के आगाज है,
पर भी हमें क्यों समझ में नहीं आता
कि जैसी स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
चलो चल कर मनाएं
जब हमारी प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है
इससे आगे मई क्या कहूं
मेरे पास नहीं अल्फाज़ है
नहीं अल्फाज़ है,
Because of human’s exploitation of the nature, we are now facing various environmental problem and natural calamities. To keep nature restored, five common men became symbol of change by running a unique awareness campaign, “Van Bachao Andolan”, in district Bokaro, Jharkhand, for the past one and half years. Coming from different professions, these ‘pandavas’, on every Sunday, choosing one village each week, organize an awareness camp, where they make villagers understand the importance of nature & forest, then initiate building a “Van Bachao Committee” in the village to secure the ‘Jal – Jungle – Jameen’. So far, they have reached more than 12 villages.
One of them, Chandramohan Mahto told to Radio Sangharsh that the villagers understand the issue and support them. Wherever they had organised sessions, people stopped cutting trees in the forests. But, this initiative is not getting any support from forest department and district administration.
For more information you can contact J.M. Rangeela (reporting the story) – +91 8002242808
To support Van Bachao Andolan, you can call the DC – Umashankar Prasad Singh -9431160001 and DFO – + 91 9431142829.
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