‘Model Gaon’, an innovative concept to make the village self-sufficient, is becoming popular around the National Capital Region (NCR). Volunteers of Model Gaon are educating the villagers to become self-reliant in Noida and nearby regions by roaming around in the villages, writes Puja Banerjee of Elets News Network (ENN).
Model Gaon is the brainchild of a senior IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Heera Lal, currently serving as the Additional Mission Director of National Health Mission, to create awareness about transforming villages into model gaon. The aim of this mission is to reach more than one lakh villages in Uttar Pradesh and create awareness about inclusive and sustainable development of villages that is financially viable, socially equitable and eco- friendly.
Dr. Heera Lal said, “Under the mission, 25 point agenda is being worked out which includes encouraging villagers about cleanliness, increasing education rate, promoting yoga, suggesting ways to increase income, building solar villages, connecting everyone with fast internet, making villages self-reliant, preventing malnutrition and growing plantations.”
The concept was started from the state capital and is gaining momentum. Villagers around the National Capital Region (NCR) have found it interesting and worth implementing.
Explaining how volunteers are working in NCR, Saurabh Lall, Chief Executive Officer of Model Gaon says, “Our team is trying to involve villagers in defining and understanding local issues of development and creating a village manifesto, which will help in setting an agenda for development in villages. They will then empower rural communities by identifying and developing socially active changemakers, who will lead the transformation of their villages into model gaon.”
The road to self-reliant India passes through the villages, so it is very important to develop the villages. This dream can be realised by turning agriculture into agribusiness and developing villages. Model Gaon is aiming to establish an agenda of development in villages and villagers through a village manifesto and to develop changemakers who will work towards all round development of villages.