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I  returned from Pentakurd village few days back. Atmosphere in the village is refreshing. Walking in the paddy fields, watching varieties of birds, and enjoying the cool evening breeze was soothing. Thanks to the concrete jungles of our cities, today, even a tree’s shade is a bit of  luxury. Watching different birds is more far-fetched.   On another note, Pentakurd is a ‘lucky’ village. It has electricity, and water supply.

Phaibung Village in Manipur is not as ‘lucky’ as Pentakurd. Residents do not have access to basic amenities such as water, electricity, and health care.

Even as electricity wires have been fitted and a transformer being installed in their village, residents of Phaibung village in Senapati struggle to live under the dim lit of firewood, lamps etc. Adding to the woes of the villagers is the absence of water reservoir in the vicinity of the village which forced them to fetch water from the nearby village after spending a good hours walking with their bowls. Health care system is close to naught in the village.

Why is providing basic amenities to people so difficult? Why is it easy for government officials to squander all the funds?  I can probably understand if they dwindle funds after providing citizens with electricity, quality water, and quality health care. Are these elected officials accountable to anybody at all? Read more at http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=11..230309.mar09

Note: Pentakurd is a village located within the limits of Bodhan Taluk. Bodhan is a town in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh.

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