Steep mountains alternate with deep valleys and lush green forests in West Singbhum, the iron ore mining hub in Jharkhand. Home mostly to a tribal population, the district has dismal health and social indicators, and poverty is rampant. But this may be is gradually changing. Now, fruit laden trees are visible in the landscape over large parts of West Singhbhum.
State officials are engaging villagers as well as migrant labourers who have returned from other states to work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to carry out the digging and plantation work.