Odisha: 5 Common Individuals Who Made A Difference By Their Selfless Acts

Bhubaneswar: From a devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections to people getting themselves accustomed to live amidst uncertainties, 2021 has redefined lives.

Many have tried to make a small difference in the society by their actions. Here is an attempt to showcase 5 such common individuals who came forward to do their bit in a bid to help others, expecting nothing in return. These are the real heroes..

1: Transgender Turns Last Companion For Covid-19 Victims

Chinmayi Das, a transgender from Jarapada in Angul turned into an angel for many Covid-19 patients and the needy.

For poor villagers of Jagatsinghpur and Angul, Chinmayee Das was a ray of hope in these uncertain times. Not only did the 35-year-old transgender give a dignified funeral to many Covid victims but also ensured that the poor and hapless get at least two meals a day.

Whether it’s collecting oxygen, arranging an ambulance, or standing in line to check on a Covid-19 patient’s health, Chinmayi was sought after for all things. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also appreciated Chinmayi for providing the service.

Having dedicated herself to the cause of helpless families affected by the pandemic, she even shared her mobile number on social media so that people can contact her for any help or cremation of bodies.

Chinmayee’s parents and relatives who once shunned her, are now proud of her work.

2: Pregnant Anganwadi Worker On Mission To Protect Bonda Tribe From Covid-19

Six months pregnant Jyoti Badanayak of Khairaput block was on a mission to spread awareness among people of the Bonda (tribe) community about Covid-19.

The courage, passion, and love of this expecting mother for her people, are unmatched. Jyoti was seen sloganeering in the ghats at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level, to create awareness among the people of Andrahala and Mudulipada panchayats, dominated by the Bondas.

People of this region do not understand Odia therefore, the assistance of Anganwadi Didi, Jyoti is sought by the local administration for Covid awareness. And the young and energetic worker has always responded to the call of duty. She said, “Last year, no one suffered from Corona in our region. I will make sure that this year also no one is affected by the disease.”

“Her dedication has earned heaps of praises. The manner in which she is treading the hilly terrains to reach the most inaccessible pockets is exemplary. If our villages and the Bonda community here are Corona-free today, it is mainly because of Jyoti Didi’s efforts,” the locals said.

3: Excise Constable Brings New Ray Of Hope For Deprived Students

Debendra is a Constable in the Excise Department posted at Kodinga Excise Office. A matriculate with CT qualification, he had a passion for teaching since childhood.
Every day after his working hours and during holidays, Debendra has been providing free education to poor children in Nabarangpur, the district that reports the state’s lowest literacy rate Not only that, he spends 10 percent of his salary on the education expenses of poor children.

25-year-old Samarath heads to an under-construction house in the village every evening where he tutors nearly 70 children from the village subjects like mathematics, science, literature and English. There are almost no holidays in this school.“I always wanted to be a teacher. But I had to join the excise department as I did not want to remain unemployed. But after work, I am back to what I love doing most – teaching. My goal is no children should be deprived of education due to lack of money,” said Samarth.

Samarath had to abandon his education because his family could not afford it. He dropped out of college and initially started selling fruits, like his father and would teach children in the evening.

Last year, he landed himself a job with the excise department as a contractual employee on a monthly salary of ₹12,000. He took the job but continued teaching the village children after work.

4: This Denizen’s Civic Sense Prompts Him Being Repellent To Mosquito Menace

Satyabrata Rout (fondly called Kabula Bhai) of Shikharpur Upara Sahi in Cuttack has been on his selfless mission to get his fellow human beings rid of the pestering menace meted out by the mosquitoes in the millennium city. Even though being a businessman by occupation, he forked out Rs 7,000 for purchasing online the handy fog machine and has been regularly coughing up spontaneously even money from his own pocket daily for over two litres of diesel and the required chemicals for fogging the lanes and by-lanes.

As the CMC’s vehicle is unable to venture into the narrow lanes and by-lanes here in this city, he does it in a bid to help others. Moreover, he also distributed masks, sanitisers and food to the needy during the pandemic year. Clearly, he has been inspired by the wise saying ‘Service to mankind is service to God’.

5: ODRAF Havildar Rajesh Is A Beacon For Army Aspirants In Koraput

Havildar Rajesh Sahu of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), Koraput is a promising teacher and trainer for the youth aspirants of the State who want to join the security forces.

Popularly known as Raju Sir, the ODRAF jawan working in OSAP 3rd Battalion, Koraput, has been providing free training to financially disadvantaged youth for entry into various armed and paramilitary forces.

Rajesh starts his classes after his duty hours. Without any infrastructure, he has been training the youth sometimes on the college grounds, sometimes on rural roads.

He had started an institution called Hum Fauji in 2017 and has trained a number of students since then. Over 20 of his students securing jobs after training can be counted as his success.

Rajesh hopes to see the youth of his area in the armed forces. As such training facilities are not available in the tribal-dominated districts, he has been a ray of hope for the aspirants.

As he had struggled a lot to get a job in the Odisha Police department, Rajesh wants that none other should face and suffer like him. In addition to providing physical and written training, he also provides financial help to his students to attend the interviews.