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
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