To mark one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopting Jayapur village in Varanasi under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), the villagers, with support of the BJP, are set to celebrate ‘Gram Gaurav Diwas’ on November 7.
Modi, the Varanasi MP, had adopted the village on November 7 last year on first visit to his constituency.
As the PM had asked villagers to celebrate the day and hold prayers at the oldest tree of the village, villagers will offer prayers at a Peepal tree that they claimed to be nearly 400 years old.
BJP Kashi region organisation secretary Chandra Shekhar had visited Jayapur last Wednesday and held a meeting with the village pradhan and workers of BJP and RSS regarding preparations of Gram Gaurav Diwas.
Another such meeting will be held on November 4 to give final touch to the preparations.
Jayapur pradhan Durgawati Devi’s representative Narain Singh Patel told The Indian Express that the celebrations will start from November 6 with essay writing and art competitions on the topic of ‘aadarsh gram’. Villagers will plant 365 saplings, decorate their houses and also clean their surroundings.
The BJP workers have been given the responsibility to judge creations of students and decorated houses to identify the best ones, which would be felicitated during a seminar on ‘model village’ on November 7.
“The chief guest and award for winners will be decided soon. A map of India will be created on the ground near Panchayat Bhavan by illuminating earth lanterns and Jayapur’s location will be marked on it on November 7,” Patel said.
On his first visit to the village, Modi had urged villagers to plant at least five saplings in their field if a girl was born in the family.
The PM had said that when the daughter will be 20 years old, the tree would also be as old. When she has to be married, the tree can be sold by the family to meet the wedding expenses.
“Nearly 30 girls have been born in the village in the last one year and each family has planted five saplings following the PM’s suggestion,” Patel said.
Moreover, on the occasion, villagers will review the changes that had taken place in the village in the last one year and decide what to do in the next 12 months.
In the last one year, Jayapur has got a State Bank of India. At least one person from each family has got a open a zero balance account under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna. The village has more than 100 solar streetlights and 16 bio-toilets have been installed.
Jayapur’s Vanvasis (a tribal community) have been allotted one-room pucca houses in a settlement named ‘Atal Nagar’. A 20,000-litre overhead water tank is being raised to provide water to every household.
BJP MP from Navsari (Gujarat) C R Patil visits the village frequently and has engaged some industrialists from his state for infrastructure development of Jayapur.
A handicraft training centre has also been opened. As Jayapur has no doctor, BHU Medical College and other private hospitals often organise free medical camps in the village.