The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has now taken control of Varanasi’s Jayapur village, which was adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna’, days after the RSS started managing his constituency office.
Local RSS leaders Arvind Singh, Jai Prakash, Rajan Rai and a team of 25 volunteers, in coordination with village pradhan Durgawati Devi, now attend all important visitors, who include government officials, research scholars from Banaras Hindu University and NGOs workers from India and abroad.
The RSS team has formed an executive of nine members to supervise the welfare work in the village, which has a population of 4,400, but no Muslim.
After Modi addressed the locals and announced adoption of the village on November 7, senior RSS office bearers, including vibhag pracharak Surendra, prant pracharak Abhay and sewa pramukh Gauri Shankar have frequently visited the village. The RSS already had adopted this village for all-round development in 2002.
BJP’s Kashi region organsiation secretary Chandrashekhar, who also has RSS links, along with other Sangh office-bearers and local Ramlila Samiti would soon be holding an open meeting at the village to decide on an annual celebration — the village foundation day.
Modi during his visit to the village had asked locals to check revenue records to find out the date when the village came into existence.
RSS office bearers have shortlisted two occasions for the event — Prabodhini Ekadashi and Dev Deepawali. But, the village head has proposed organise the celebrations on November 7.
“That is because this village got global attention on November 7 when Modiji visited us and announced to adopt the village,” said Narain Singh Patel, representative of the village head. Patel said he is a regular visitor to RSS shakhas being held at the village since 1984.
Acche din for Jayapur
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted Jayapur on November 7, the village is on a fast lane of development, with a bank opening a branch, health camp, Internet connectivity, free seed and other growth-oriented plans
Traders from Varanasi and nearby markets have started putting up makeshift stalls in the village to cater needs of the locals.
Ramdev’s Patanjali Yog Samiti with a team of 25 doctors, including pathologists, and yoga teachers is holding a free health check-up camp and a yoga camp in the village on November 28, 29 and 30.
BSNL officials recently surveyed the village to provide 3G internet connectivity. Panchayat Bhawan or the campus of primary school has been so far shortlisted for setting up their office.
Union Bank of India has opened its branch at the village and issued Kisan Credit Cards to several farmers. State Bank of India officials too have inspected the village for open a branch.
Agriculture experts from BHU recently visited the village and distributed seed of high yielding varieties of wheat to around 700 villagers. Each villager has been provided 20-kg wheat seed free of cost.
Members of a Japanese NGO visited the village last week and expressed desire to create awareness about cleanliness and education.
A senior official from the UP Agriculture Directorate visited the village recently to establish Krishi Bhawan, which will provide agriculture consultancy and suggestions on advanced varieties of grain. Officials from Animal Welfare Board from Chennai too visited the village, showing interest in setting up a Gaushala (cow shelter).
Officials From the Ministry of Textiles visited the village on November 23 and 24 and requested the village head to provide a hall where the department could give training to youth in handicraft and handloom works. The officials have reportedly promised to pay Rs 2,400 per month to each participant during the training period.