PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi has adopted Nagepur, a village dominated by backward castes, in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi under the second phase of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
In the first phase of SAGY, the PM had adopted Jayapur village in Sevapuri Assembly segment of Varanasi. Nagepur too falls in the same Assembly constituency and Surendra Singh Patel — a minister in the Akhilesh government — is its MLA.
Local BJP leaders said Nagepur is more backward in terms of development than what Jayapur was before it was adopted in 2014. Various development works have been done in Jayapur by government and non-government agencies in the last one-and-a-half years. The RSS is active in both Nagepur and Jayapur villages.
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Varanasi Chief Development Officer Vishakh G said district officials have been asked to submit a primary survey report of Nagepur by March 20. A village development plan will be drafted later. “Villagers are glad that the PM has adopted our village. Now, we hope to see development like Jayapur,” said Nagepur pradhan Parasnath Rajbhar. Parasnath is associated with the BJP.
“The village has a population of nearly 3,200… around 1,710 of them are registered voters. Most people are from backward castes. They are followed by Dalits and upper caste Guptas. There are only two Muslim families in the village. Almost all villagers are either farmers or labourers,” said Rajbhar.