The pradhan and the residents of Jayapur village — adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi — have decided not to seek financial help from Modi’s MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) for the village’s development.
Villagers maintained that the decision was taken on grounds that Jayapur already has got a VVIP status since Modi has adopted it and demanding funds will reduce the gravity of his vision behind the purpose.
Modi had visited the village on November 7 and announced that he is adopting it under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.
Since Modi’s visit, two meetings of the gram panchayat — that has 13 members representing 13 wards — have been held. Neither pradhan Durgawati Devi nor other members have raised the demand or written to seek help from Modi’s MPLAD for any development activity.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Durgawati said: “With the consensus of the villagers, I have decided not to approach Modiji for any development work in the village. As Modiji is the PM, we expect he would have some vision for major development of the village. My demanding budget for smaller works could reduce his annual MPLAD fund.”
She added that Modi is Prime Minister of entire country, he will look after development of Jayapur village like a guardian. “Since Modi has adopted the village, several social organisations have approached us for help while the district administration is already on the job to find out those houses in the village that lack toilets. This is an effect of the PM adopting the village,” said Durgawati.
“During his first visit on November 7, Modi had asked me if any urgent help was required. I had denied any such help and replied that he can take care about the village’s development,” she said. Durgawati further said that they would write to Modi only if a poor villager needed financial help for medical treatment.
“We supported the pradhan’s decision because we have already started getting several facilities since the PM visited,” said Shiv Kumar, an unemployed youth. An graduate, Shiv Kumar waiting in a queue at the village’s Union Bank of India branch to get his account opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna.
The pradhan’s representative and her brother-in-law Narain Singh Patel said district administration officials are in touch with him and keep on collecting reports from the village.
BJP’s Kashi region organisation secretary Chandra Shekhar too often visit Jayapur and speak to the pradhan for any kind of support needed.