The 50-year-old IIT alumnus Nihar Ranjan Beura wants to give back to society he was brought up in.
Kendrapara: In the politically-sensitive Kendrapara district of Odisha, an IIT alumni Nihar Ranjan Beura has quit his job, leaving a lucrative career to fight the rural body polls in Dumuka Gram Panchayat.
Nihar Ranjan Beura (50), an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur has set his aim to transform the life of the villagers.
“I filed nomination papers for member panchayat samiti from my native Dumuka gram panchayat today. I have earned money and fame. There is a general opinion that people get involved in politics to earn money. But I have promised to prove it wrong,” he stated.
Nihar Ranjan Beura did his M Tech in industrial engineering and management from IIT Kharagapur. After having worked in multinational companies in the US, Germany, the UK, France, Netherlands and Denmark, he has now set up a dairy farm in his village from where locals can purchase pure milk at a low-cost.
“I was born and brought up in Dumuka; time has come to pay back to my familial village. It is everyone’s duty to give back to the society which has backed to one’s success,” Beura stated.
“Despite a substantial flow of government funds, my village unsuccessful to march in the path of development. If people elect me, I will try my level best to give a facelift to the agrarian economy of the gram panchayat,” he stated.
Villagers, mostly unemployed youths, stated for the last 2 years Beura has been providing career counselling to job-seekers.
“We feel he will serve the village better,” an unemployed youth stated.
“I have seen poverty and hunger since childhood. I lost my father and elder brother to the 1996 cyclone. My mother brought me up amid much hardship,” Beura stated, adding, “When I was well-established and drawing a fat salary, I made up mind to go back to my origins and serve my village.”
Sushant Kumar Jena, a resident of the village stated, “Unless honest and educated people enter politics, the same age-old corrupt system will continue. We elected legislatures in the past, but they tapped off development grants. We hope Beura will bring in a refreshing change.”