Thursday, May 26, 2005

A model village for Rural Development

Mr. Rajiv Shah has mailed me (also sent me a CD):
Near kolhapur I visited kambalwadi (near radhanagari in Maharashtra) in which, complete intergrated development program was implemented. it is wonderful... all in one village.. water conservation .. energy conservation, housing with total cleanliness,out of clutches of alcohol and tobacco, well done up roads, using only organic manure for crops, village women have docras and micro finance activities, implemented various gadgets for water supply without using electricity and oil purely on hydro technique, set up of WLL network by installing telecommunication tower. each house in village has a computer and school children are given all basic education. they have their own server like pabal village vidyan ashram which helps them to get connected with experts in agriculture and non farm sector. all houses are painted in one colour.

garbage management, proper drainage arrangements, after bodies are burned the ash and bones are used as organic manures in field, though it is isolated village in the corner of maharashtra on the foothills of sahyadri they have well done roads, plantation techniques for vegetable and alllied products, today village is independent and do not take power from mseb , do not take water from govt .. no funding is accepted from govt, they do not enertain govt officers as they say they do not need any govt programs, they have better health programs and connectivity for crtical cases, schools campus are well developed and maintained,taking wonderful results , they have adopted modern watershade magt technique and water harveting including rain water.. horticulture and afforestation activities at peak..all plants and trees are planted after considering flora and founa and natural bio diversity keeping foreign treeslike nilgiri etc are planted only those which suits their environment and do not affect or pollute surrounding biology are planted. all court cases are withdrawn and handled by panchayat.

one of the ngo from kolhapur has taken pains to make it successful and many such independent villages are coming up. village women have their own programs with wonderfu earning.women empowerment in real sense. what else you need. their panchayat has offered me a place to come and stay with was wonderful experience. another school at pachagaon at kolhapur a school of nomads have construed their own school bldg and all activities including maintainance of boarding school, organic manure, use of kitchen waste, natural cool house for keeping vegetables fresh and no of activities are carried out by these children.
This was also programmed DD National Channel and a copy of which is with me. If anyone wishes, please send me a mail (malapati@google's mail)

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