By: Faisal Fareed
For developing the villages adopted by MPs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), the Centre has now set the parameters — follow the example of three model developed villages, on each in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana.
The Union Ministry of Rural Development has sent letters to district magistrates (DMs) in Uttar Pradesh citing examples of Punsari village in Gujarat, Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra and Gangadevipalli in Telangana as benchmark for development of villages under SAGY.
A team of officials from the Ministry is also visiting select districts in UP to train the officials and village-level public representatives for the purpose. One such team reached Mainpuri, the parliamentary constituency of Tej Pratap Yadav, on February 6 and conducted training programme for the district level officials.
“The central government team is directly contacting various DMs in state for conducting such programmes. We are holding orientation programmes for MPs at our level,” Rajnish Dubey, Principal Secretary, UP Samagra Gram Vikas said.
For the development work, Centre has sent CDs showing development work in the three model villages. Punsari is the most developed village with clean roads, proper drainage system, Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV cameras, public address system and zero school dropout. Its development had been lauded by Modi also.
The Hiware Bazar village, on the other hand, is known for its irrigation network and water conservation model. The model of free labour, ban on liquor, grazing and felling of trees and adoption of family planning methods in the village has also been highlighted in the CD.
The third village, Gangadevipalli, boasts of community-owned cable TV network, well laid roads, regular power and water supply and a advanced water filtration plant. It is also shown in the CD how several families who had migrated out returned to these villages following their development.
During the training programme, the local officials have been asked to motivate the villagers to undertake development on several points including daily physical exercise, liquor prohibition, generation of self employment and usage of toilets. Besides this, the villagers will also be encouraged for personality development, social and financial development, environment awareness, social security. Infrastructure projects like CC road, power, drinking water, education by ensuring every child attends school, health centres and even facility of Internet in the villages will also be taken up.