Kharghar trib­als get LPG con­nec­tions

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In an ef­fort to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment from smoke of wood fired stoves , the Kharghar gram pan­chayat has dis­trib­uted LPG con­nec­tions among the tribal vil­lagers.

A to­tal of 89 new con­nec­tions have been given to trib­als in Gon­gar­wadi, Fanaswadi and Hederowadi vil­lages.

Wood fired stove gen­er­ates huge amount of smoke, which is not good for both hu­mans and en­vi­ron­ment. Tak­ing note of the sit­u­a­tion, the gram pan­chayat de­cided to pro­vide gas con­nec­tion to tribal fam­i­lies.

Ac­cord­ing to mem­bers of gram pan­chayat, tribal women had to col­lect fire­wood ev­ery­day to cook their food. “They had to spend long hours in col­lect­ing fire wood. The reg­u­lar use of wood fire­wood also had an im­pact on their health,” said An­jani Thakur, sarpanch of the pan­chayat.

Cidco has been car­ry­ing out plan­ta­tion drive at Kharghar hill and reg­u­lar uses fire­wood by vil­lagers. Re­cently, the for­est de­part­ment had car­ried out a sur­vey and sug­gested ways to pro­tect trees from be­ing cut­ting for fired stove.

“I used to spend sev­eral hours col­lect­ing fire­wood ev­ery­day need. Dur­ing mon­soon, we used to face dif­fi­culty in get­ting wood to be used for fire. Now, I do not have to do that,” said a vil­lager from Fanaswadi.

The gram pan­chayat also dis­trib­uted tablets among sec­ondary and higher sec­ondary stu­dents who scored 85% or above marks in their board ex­ams.

A to­tal 249 stu­dents re­ceived the tablet. Last year, the gram pan­chayat had given lap­tops to stu­dents who had scored 90% and above.

THE GRAM PAN­CHAYAT GAVE TABLETS TO STU­DENTS WHO SCORED 85% OR ABOVE MARKS IN THEIR BOARD EX­AMS

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