DLSA team visits Sabar Tola

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Jamshedpur, Jan 28: The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) team visited Sabar Tola, a hamlet of 85 families surrounded by forests in Potka Block to take first hand stock of the living conditions of this tribe that was considered to be facing extinction. The DLSA team under directives of Secretary Nitin Nilesh Sanga noted the absence of the basic amenities required for the more than 400 strong population residing in Sabar Tola.

The government had provided these Sabars 104 houses in the year 2000. However, most of these accommodations are in various stages of dilapidation as there is no one to go to or no one to enquire into the conditions of survival prevailing currently in Sabar Tola. Repairing of these crumbling structures is a far-fetched dream but the DLSA team’s visit may change the complexion of the current pathetic status of the village of Sabar families.

There are two wells and two water towers in Sabar Tola but one well’s water is unfit for drinking purposes, one tower is defunct while one tower is under construction.

The DLSA team found two burn cases in the village. An epileptic child, during seizure fell into a fire place while another sustained burn injuries while warming herself near a winter bonfire. These two burn victims were in need of immediate medical attention.

Some young boys and girls in this village have passed their matriculation and inter examinations but with no other source of income, they are resigned to collecting wood from the forest and selling them to keep their hearths aglow.

On the educational front a school was set up in 1977 in the form of Schedule Tribe Residential School especially for the Sabar tribe but a head count proved that only five children of this tribe were studying in the school where, according to the teachers, 250 students were studying. In contrast, there is the Bharat Sevashram School nearby that has 55 Sabar children on its muster. The teachers here are from the Sabar tribe and it is the endeavor of the school’s management to educate the Sabar children and join them to the mainstream of activities.

On the health front too the team did not find a rosy picture either. A medical team visits Sabar Tola once a month as a result of which, at other times during the interim period, the denizens get themselves treated by private doctors.

Two roads lead to Sabar Tola but they are almost inaccessible or very difficult to commute through. The government has been striving to provide the Sabars of this village with various facilities but negligence and disinclination on either part has denied these people their justice for decent living.

DLSA secretary Nitin Nilesh Sanga said, “It will be our determination to provide all government facilities to the Sabars and ensure uplift of their socio-economic status. We shall make them aware of the various development projects so that they can step into the sunshine of better living conditions.”

The DLSA team that visited Sabar Tola included PLV Chayan Kumar Mandal, Dobo Chakia, Prabhat Sardar, Lalita Puran and Chhaku Majhi.

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