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The People of Panukuvalasa


Written by Dr Sunder Rao Bethapudy

tribal health care salurManchala Paramma,

Manchala Paramma hailed from Panukuvalasa Village and became the nation pride as she got best female tribal Agriculturist for the year 2013. The award was given by the President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

 She got a memento and a cash prize of Rs.1,50,000/-.  Not only this she got State Best Woman award during 2006 and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-.  She spent this amount for the development of Panukuvalasa Village

Manchala Paramma was the first person I met back in October 2008 before we started this Out Reach programme in Panukuvalsa. We were told she is the village head and it would be appropriate to meet her first. Panukuvalsa is the largest of three villages we are looking after with an adult population of 501 and 37 children. I remember very vividly the kindness she has shown to us and she understood the importance of these medical clinics for the poor people of her village Panukuvalsa straight away. She was very enthusiastic about our programme and encouraged the whole mission by sitting with us in the clinics, so that the tribal people would come and see us confidently (as she is with us) as were new. That is how she introduced us to the tribal population of her village Panukuvalsa.


She invited us into her humble home and showed me her Passport. She said she is the only one in her Gadaba Tribe to possess a passport and she even went to Singapore representing her ancient Gadaba Tribe back in India.
She is a hard worker and goes out into the field for manual labour, to earn the dialy wages. She in fact is a natural leader , representing nearly 30 -40 women work force. She negotiates the wages with the farmer who needs labour for that day and supplies the required number and goes on to the next farmer to negotiate the wages. In local term she is called ''mastry'' (in Telugu language) which means a leader.

 

In many ways she is a judge for the village solving petty quarrels , like a drunkard husband, husband beating a wife, financial crisis of a family, quarrels with the neibours, misunderstanding between mother-in-law and newly arrived daughter-in-law. She even arranges matching of a boy and a girl for the marriage. She dominates the village so much Paramma's word is final.

 

  • THE PEOPLE OF PANUKUVALASA - Manchala Paramma
  • THE PEOPLE OF PANUKUVALASA - Manchala Paramma
  • THE PEOPLE OF PANUKUVALASA - Manchala Paramma
  • THE PEOPLE OF PANUKUVALASA - Manchala Paramma

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