Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Dec 8: The Sabar families of Bagjata are forced to stave off the winter chill by basking in firewood heat. Twenty five members of the Sabar tribe residing in measly huts in Bhalki Panchayat of Gurabandha block of East Singhbhum district. They are denied even minimal support and thus they live and die.
Narrating their tale of woes, Gopal Sabar, Kamal Sabar, Sonia Sabar, Kesari Sabar, Boda Sabar, Hadi Ram Sabar, Shukwa Sabar of Sabar Tola in Bagjata village said that for the last five years, government blankets have not been distributed among them in Sabar Tola in Bagjata village till date. Children and elderly beat the winter chill by burning firewood throughout the night. The misery was that the already poverty stricken Sabars is that three members of one family wrap themselves with a tattered blanket to fend off the cold. AJSU Party’s district vice-president Mangal Mahali said that this condition of Sabars has persisted since the last 20 years. He said that they had to trudge a distance of 15 km to bring ration. Sardar further stated that the Sabars have been denied the benefits of Birsa housing, old age pension and other benefits. The Sabar families are being forced to living in weather beaten huts, where they are born, perhaps looking up to their gods to relieve them from the pangs of living.