Little did the people of Jayapur expect their lives to change to such a remarkable extent within 4.5 years. It was the same village that Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted on 7th Nov 2014, in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. During that time, PM Modi has said that it was the other way around – the people of the village are adopting him.
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)
With the vision to build the nation by starting to develop the villages, Prime Minister Modi’s Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) is aimed at transforming villages of every MP’s constituency. Under this scheme, the PM had urged all MPs to develop a model village in their constituency by 2016 and an additional two villages by 2019. The Department of Rural Development had formulated guidelines of the scheme which was released by the PM on 11th Oct 2014 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Galore of development initiatives
Under SAGY, the Jayapur village with only 4200 in population saw itself suddenly in the limelight. Till 2014, the village which did not have even a post office saw many organisations making a beeline to their village with development initiatives. With the 17th Lok Sabha elections underway, the village has been a witness to the winds of change in the last 4.5 years. As Modi seeks to get re-elected from Varanasi constituency, take a look at the development programmes which have become a reality at Jayapur. The village now has commercial facilities such as banks and ATMs, basic living needs such as drinking water and toilets, and skill development centres such as skill academy and computer centre to name a few.
Making lives bright with solar power
The village which initially was getting electricity for less than four hours a day has now been able to receive 19-20 hours of electricity supply per day. All thanks to the two 25-kilowatt solar power panels installation at Jayapur by Avaada Foundation, the village now faces 2-3 hours of the power outage in a day.
With the collaborative efforts of banks such as Syndicate Bank and Union Bank of India, the village now boasts of branches of these banks along with ATMs installed too. The Gram Pradhan (village head), Narayan Singh Patel, opines that all these facilities came to the village under SAGY.
In another initiative, the womenfolk of the village are getting empowered with the opening of training centres for stitching and embroidery. According to Deepak Jena, Assistant Manager, CSR, Avaada Foundation, a total of 131 of women have completed the training, while 21 of them have been employed with Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
Digital Skill Development
Under the SAGY, a computer centre has been opened in the village to train the village youth in digital skills providing a six-month diploma course as well. Accordingly, 115 youths of the village have been trained under this programme.
In 2015, a housing colony – Modi’s Atal Nagar, was built for the Dalit sub-community – Musahar community providing 14 flats in the south-west corner of Jayapur. A private organisation – Allanasons undertook the construction.
Areas that need focus
While some of the real necessities of the village have been addressed and better facilities have come up, many others need attention. For example, the road connectivity to the village has been incomplete making movement to the village a horrendous task. Also, the village has school facilities up to class 5 forcing the children to go to nearby villages for higher classes. With this election, the people of Jayapur hope to realise all their unfulfilled dreams and the continuation of the development activities at their village.