For villagers of Nandigam interacting with Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma was like meeting a
girl from the neighbourhood
SANGAREDDY: For many women in Nandigam village in Ramayampet mandal, it was a new experience interacting with Agatha Sangma, Union Minister of State for Rural Development, on Saturday. Many of them were thrilled to see a young lady as their representative in the Union Government.
“ Enta chinnnago undo chudu (how little she is),” was their initial reaction.
At 29 years, lean and wearing light blue salwar kameez, Ms. Agatha seemed to them like a girl from the neighbourhood who did not know their language. Other than this they did not feel any difference except that she was surrounded by officials.
Meets SHG women
Soon after reaching the village, Ms. Agatha visited the house of one Santoshi, an SHG member, and asked her how the visible economic change was made possible. The Union Minister repeatedly told them that she came here to learn things and not to teach them anything. She asked them whether the women were sending their wards to school and how the SHG movement helped them in educating their children.
“Earlier we used to feel shy to interact with any outsider. But things changed after we became SHG members. We are able to buy cattle for our family from the savings we made. Similarly, we are able to extend assistance to our members, who used to take loans from money lenders in the past,” said Siddavva of Mallikarjuna Sangham, who sends her children to a private school for quality education.
The entire interaction went off comfortably as if the villagers were interacting with an official who was one among them and not a Union Minister.