*In the past,he pulled rickshaw to ekk out his living.Now Arun Sahu,a resident of Simdega,owns a carrier van and earns more than Rs 10,000 per month.
*Dinkar Manjhi was known as a vendor who cooked and sold golgappas.Today,he runs a sweet shop in Kanke road,Ranchi,and employs three staff to run it.
*Savitri Devi was a house wife.Now,she leads a Self Help Group involved in promoting micro finance in Lohardaga.
Sahu,Manjhi and Devi were among scores of the under privileged people.All of them say they owed their success to a bank manager who had opened their bank accounts and turned them beneficiaries of the government’s welfare schemes approved by the Reserve Bank of India.This bank manager is BK Sinha.
Sinha,Bank of India’s Manager,Bokaro,was not available for comment.But enquiry revealed that his modus oprendi was simple.He met and talked to them as a friend,assessed their enterprising capability,opened their bank accounts,advanced them loans under these schemes and motivated them to save and make profit as a humanized professional.
More,during his 30 years of career begining in 1982,he was posted in the Maoists infested areas of Chatra,Simdega,Ranchi,Lohardaga,Gridih and Bokaro,where he is credited to have lived upto BoI’s tagline ‘Riston Ki Jama Punji’.
Sinha,who was recipient of the Third Best Manager award of the BOI in 2001,its Best Performer award in 2007 and a joint award by the Jharkhand government,RBI and Jharkhand’s State Bankers’ Commttee for “100 percent Financial inclusion of Lohardaga District”in 2008,is also credited to have adopted a Maoist infested village- Pirdtanr-for development in 2011.
Today,although it continued to figure as one of the Maoist strongholds in Jharkhand,Pirdtanr in Giridih is on the roll.The village has a “Farmers’ Club” and SHG comprising youth who run a micro finance unit for the farmers who were involved in planting trees with the help of forest department.
In addition,Sinha helped set up ‘Swarojgar Prashikshan Sansthan with an aim to empower villagers by training them to become self employed.This Sansthan has trained atleast 72 women n Giridih who were engaged in making and selling paper bags.
But after Sinha was transferred from Giridh to Bokaro,the paper bag unit of women had shut down.”After he(Sinha) left,we did not get any back up.Since the buyers took our bags on credit and we lacked cash to continue production,we were compelled to shut shop”,said Dulari Dev,one of the members of the SHG.
Still,if Sinha’s deeds are of any indication,it means this: In this land of self seekers,a generous and human hand always stands out. Jharkhand State News salutes this hero of the poor.