S. Harpal Singh
Villagers want immediate release of government relief
GUDA (ADILABAD DT.): The unsympathetic attitude of the government has made the fire-victim families of Guda village in Bela mandal search for contributions from other sources to rebuild their lives.
Community leaders from this village are seeking help, at least in the shape of fodder, to save the 100 odd cattle belonging to the families who lost everything in the fire.
An accidental fire on May 8 engulfed the homes of 16 families and 11 cattle sheds where all the fodder was stacked for the animals.
The administration's response was in the shape of issuing 20 kg of rice as immediate relief and announcing a further relief of Rs. 6,000 for each of the family to take care of its clothing and other needs.
“Though it may be hardly sufficient, the administration should ensure immediate release of relief to the affected families.
The government should also make arrangements for supply of fodder in view of the pitiable condition of the animals,” demanded Murlidhar Thakre, a former Jainad Market Committee chairman, who is coordinating relief operations in Guda.
Villagers from the nearby Awalpur and Kapri have donated a tractor and three bullock-cart loads of chopped fodder to the Guda victims. However, this quantity is not sufficient to last the entire season.
According to Vinayak Bhoyar, head of one of affected families, the cattle need at least a couple of lorry loads of dry jowar fodder.
“This fodder is not available here. It has to be purchased either from Bhainsa or Mudhole mandals that are located about 200 km away,” points out B. Goverdhan Reddy, president of district unit of Telugu Rythu, who is also coordinating relief efforts in the village.
Meanwhile, the Satya Sai Seva Trust has donated 15 kg of rice and a packet of cooking material besides a plate to each of the victim families.