Gujarat, it seems is gaining a popularity day by day and becoming role model for other states in India. Gujarat, also addressed as “Modiland” in western world now, rather seems to be no more a part of India, for many heads of the nation. A delegation from Kenya led by Vice-President for Kenya is coming to visit a village- PUNSRI on 24th May, a village, Taloda taluka near Himmatnagar around 50 kms from Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat. This village is an example for the self sustainability for all the villages!!! A true role model…
Punsri, has an incredible story to say, which may sounds like fairy tale. An Oasis in the Desert. It should make us belief in what good governance can do. Think of an Indian village and what comes to mind are images of mooing cows, open drains and children playing ants and frog games. But, Punsri, a motley village in Himmatnagar, talks about wi-fi and optical fiber broadband network, its children spend best of their times in air-conditioned classrooms with CCTV cameras. The village also boasts of its own mini-bus transport system and there are 25-odd CCTVs located on important junctions to spot litterbugs.
Its clearly a model of ideal utilization of funds without any scams.The actual granted amount reaches to the bottom. Its the real indian dream.We have some other model villagese.g. Ralegan Siddhi which is a self sustained village and crime free.
Many such villages in Gujarat have developed by using Govt grant /subsidy for the developmental work. Even private Trusts are equally participating good public work. Many villages are self sustained.
If you think Punsri is drenched in NRI funds, think again. Not a single rupee has come from across the seven seas, instead the village managed its funds over the last five years that it received from central and state sponsored developmental schemes.
District development officer Ravi Arora says, “There is not a single family in Punsri which has an NRI family member. The village has just managed its accounts well and villagers here agreed on a co-operative approach to development.”
“The village panchayat pays an annual premium of Rs 25 lakh against insurance for each of the 6,000 villagers who have a cover of Rs 1 lakh and a mediclaim policy of Rs 25,000. Our schools have zero dropout rates, CCTV cameras in classrooms help us keep watch on teachers in classrooms. Our reverse osmosis plant supplies 20-litre pure water cans to houses for a token cost of Rs 4. These are bare essentials for a standard life today and why should our village be behind,” claims the village sarpanch Hemant Patel, 29.
The village panchayat had a capital of Rs 25,000 five years ago. Today, the deposits have soared to Rs 75 lakh. “The turn-around happened when we sold part of our grazing land as plotted schemes to various communities. The money is deposited in government coffers,” says Patel. The village received rewards from the central government and the state governments recently.
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