Radha’s Rawal Mak­ing of a Model Vil­lage

NARI Ud­gosh Foun­da­tion, a Delhi based NGO, is mak­ing all ef­forts to bring in so­cial trans­for­ma­tion Rawal in Mathura district of Ut­tar Pradesh to make it a model vil­lage on all development pa­ram­e­ters. The Foun­da­tion is com­pli­ment­ing the ef­forts by the cele

Rural & Marketing - - CASE STUDY - R&M Re­ports

Hema Malini, Mathura’s Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, showed her de­vo­tion for Radha Rani by adopt­ing her birth place Rawal as a model vil­lage, to which she is giv­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion for its over­all development. NARI Ud­gosh Foun­da­tion, a Delhi based NGO, is mak­ing all ef­forts to fo­cus on women em­pow­er­ment and has been com­pli­ment­ing the development works. Camps for health check up, skill development, vo­ca­tional train­ing, aware­ness about san­i­ta­tion were or­gan­ised by the Foun­da­tion on reg­u­lar in­ter­val in the last two years.

“We are gearing up for the next phase of development works in the vil­lage which is birth place of Radha and un­for­tu­nately lags be­hind on all development pa­ram­e­ters so far. Ed­u­ca­tion, health, lack of fa­cil­i­ties for farm­ers, drink­ing wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion re­main ma­jor prob­lem here,” says NARI Ud­gosh Foun­da­tion’s Pres­i­dent Sushma Pandey who has also ini­ti­ated a long term aware­ness cam­paign ‘Sak­sham Nari, Sak­sham Desh’ ( Ca­pa­ble women, Ca­pa­ble Coun­try) and Rawal would be made a point of ref­er­ence for the na­tion wide aware­ness drive.

“It is not only Rawal, we have or­gan­ised aware­ness cam­paign for women em­pow­er­ment, girls ed­u­ca­tion, farm­ers’ wel­fare and ru­ral development in sev­eral parts of the coun­try in­clud­ing Mad­hya Pradesh, Ut­tar Pradesh, Ra­jasthan where so­cio-eco­nomic development pa­ram­e­ters with ref­er­ence to girl and women wel­fare does au­gur well,” she adds.

This vil­lage Rawal was all set to be trans­formed into a model vil­lage after the Cine star turned politi­cian Hema Malini adopted it un­der the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yo­jna’ ‘(SAGY). ‘SAGY’ is a development project launched by PM Naren­dra Modi on Oc­to­ber 11, 2014 on the event of the birth an­niver­sary of the so­cial re­former

Jai Prakash Narayan. ‘SAGY’ is a ru­ral development scheme in which a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment across all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties has been in­vited by the Prime Min­is­ter to adopt a ham­let and trans­form it into a model vil­lage. The development was to be fo­cused in the so­cio cul­tural en­hance­ment of the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Rawal comes un­der the Baldeo block, and has the sig­nif­i­cance of be­ing the ma­ter­nal home of Radha Rani, the di­vine con­sort of Lord Kr­ishna. It is said that Radha Rani took birth in Rawal, from where her mother Kirt­tida came.

The Maant, Baldeo, Goverd­han and Ch­hata blocks were amongst those sur­veyed in the search for a vil­lage that would be ideal as a model for ru­ral development. It is said that se­nior Min­is­ter Uma Bharti vis­ited Mathura and had re­quested the lo­cal MP to adopt Nagla Chan­drab­han, which is the birth place of Deen Dayal Upad­hyay. The Back­ward­ness of the vil­lage com­pelled Hema to pre­fer Rawal which is on bank of Ya­muna, hav­ing 4400 pop­u­la­tion.

Rawal is con­sti­tuted of the set­tle­ments of Nagla Gopi, Nagla Raji, Nagla Kola and Nagla Maharaj. The main oc­cu­pa­tion of this vil­lage is agri­cul­ture. There is no gov­ern­ment ser­vice avail­able in this vil­lage. No sign of development can be seen in it. The development needs to be done in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship. Iskcon and the Art of Liv­ing have come for­ward to sup­port. But the vil­lage needs much more than what has been promised by the gov­ern­ment or pri­vate play­ers so far.

Pandey says, “Apart from ini­tia­tives of NARI, she as the chief pa­tron of Shri Radhe Shar­nam Peeth (SRSP), a spir­i­tual or­gan­i­sa­tion, aims to de­velop so­ci­ety holis­ti­cally with em­pha­sis on so­cial as well as spir­i­tual and cul­tural as­pects.

“Spir­i­tu­ally I am con­nected with Vrind­a­ban and used to visit Rawal fre­quently. Dur­ing the vis­its, I re­alised the vil­lage needs proper at­ten­tion. Though the vil­lagers have been ben­e­fited by gov­ern­ment schemes such as Swachh Bharat and oth­ers, how­ever, a lot needs to be done,” Pandey ex­plains.

Women development re­mains the top pri­or­ity for the NARI Foun­da­tion and it plans to reach out large num­ber of vil­lages es­pe­cially in North­ern In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to Pandey, on World Yoga Day ( June 21), the SRSP would or­gan­ise spe­cial and unique Yoga camps at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Rawal. “Sar­vang Sidh Yoga is a unique prac­tice which fo­cus on whole­some development of hu­man be­ing. We are mak­ing ef­forts to pop­u­larise this form of Yoga across the coun­try with the help of ex­perts who are not very well known so far. From June on­ward, the Sar­vang Sidh Yoga would be a reg­u­lar fea­ture in all our en­deav­ours to bring in trans­for­ma­tion in so­ci­ety.

The Foun­da­tion wants to fa­cil­i­tates the works on build­ing roads, bring­ing elec­tric­ity, set­ting up drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties, es­tab­lish­ing schools, hos­pi­tals and li­brary. Apart from cre­at­ing aware­ness among the vil­lagers, it would also seek sup­port from Pri­vate sec­tor to come for­ward for development of the area un­der their CSR ac­tiv­i­ties. Some cor­po­rate houses have al­ready shown their in­ter­est to be­come part­ner in the over­all development of the vil­lage.

Rawal is con­sti­tuted of the set­tle­ments of Nagla Gopi, Nagla Raji, Nagla Kola and Nagla Maharaj. The main oc­cu­pa­tion of this vil­lage is agri­cul­ture. There is no gov­ern­ment ser­vice avail­able

Sushma Pandey, Head NARI Foun­da­tion with girl stu­dents

A view of Rawal Vil­lage in Mathura district, Ut­tar Pradesh

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.