Change Story of D. Loidas on Rural Housing

D. Loidas, aged 36 years, belongs to the Baxipalli hamlet of the Rangeilunda Block of Ganjam district. He participated in the mason training programme and now works as a master mason in the relocation site. He helped address 60 grievances of the residents which were mostly related to timely disbursement of funds. According to him, "People had a lot of free time in hand in the season where fishes are scarce. They used to while away their time drinking, gambling, beating up their wives and sleeping. The mason training has given them an alternate vocation. It results in productive engagement of their time as well as a regular source of income. 89 trained masons and plumbers spread over two batches have emerged from N. Baxipalli alone.