Along with him, a team of officials visited two of the Yuva project villages for monitoring development activities being carried out under the Jharkhand Tribal Development Programme.
Mr. Deep Joshi co-founder of PRADAN and winner of 2009 Magsaysay Award for community leadership was also a member of the monitoring team. Mr. Suraj Patnaik, Mrs. Anita Pal and Mr. Prakash Oran Director J.T.D.S. too accompanied him.
The team visited Porahatu and Chakri villages. In both villages the locals welcomed the team with great enthusiasm and respect.
At Porahatu, the village animator Sripati Sardar addressed the Gram Sabha, while other villagers participating in the programme explained to the team the situation of the village before and after launch of J.T.D.P.
The villagers also gave information about the ongoing projects and the training they received as a part of this programme. The local self-help group leaders spoke about their savings and investment.
The monitoring team asked the villagers several questions to assess their understanding of the work that has been done. Finally, the team went and monitored three finished structures in the village and a smoke less chulla as well.
The second visit was at Chakri village, where the local animator Mr. Bharath Sardar addressed the Gram Sabha while the villagers participated in the programme with keen interest. They also explained why the project was such a success in their village.
The monitoring team also asked the villagers questions about budget allocations and funds received and spent by the village. The team shared information and ideas on collective planning for the village so that the benefit of development activities could reach every house.
The meeting was concluded with a small play staged in the local language and Mr. Prakash Oran promising the village folk better employment opportunities and development in the coming years.