After the state government okayed the purchase of the London home that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar lived in as a student, a BJP Parliamentarian will now adopt Ambedkar’s native village of Ambavade in Ratnagiri under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
The village, 200 km from Mumbai and lacking even a hospital or college, will now be adopted by Rajya Sabha MP, Amar Sable.
Union Minister for Rural Development, Chaudhary Birender Singh, speaking in Mumbai after a review of the performance of Maharashtra’s and Goa’s Members of Parliament in the SAGY, said there had been technical problems with permitting the adoption of Ambavade, but the choice had been approved as a special case. Revolutionary hero Bhagat Singh’s village of Khatkar Kalan was adopted by Anandpur Sahib MP from the Shiromani Akali Dal Prem Singh Chandumajra after it was okayed as a special case.
Singh said Maharashtra had made good progress in the implementation of the SAGY, with all the state’s MPs having made their selections.
Maharashtra is also one of 10 states that have initiated a similar scheme for adoption of villages by state legislators.
While an assessment of the schemes undertaken in each adopted village will begin in October 2015, the minister said each MP would be asked to adopt two more villages between 2016 and 2019, taking the total number of villages adopted by each MP in the current term to three, and raise that number to five from 2019-2024.
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