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Former Maoist bastion charts welfare agenda

16 February, 2015 12:06 AM
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Once a strong bastion of Maoists and Janashakti, this interior village in Yellareddypet mandal abutting the dense forests is now on the path of development.

Thanks to the adoption of the village by Karimnagar Member of Parliament B. Vinod Kumar under the Adarsha Sansad Grameena Yojana scheme.

Earlier, visitors to the village were greeted with the graffiti of ‘AK47 zindabad’ by the naxalites. Now, it is other way round. The villagers have taken up the campaign against - ID (illicitly distilled) liquor, consumption of liquor, open defecation and other social evils.

The writings on the walls now educate the people on the importance of education, tree plantation, women empowerment etc.

When a stranger visits the village, local youth used to run away to safer places sensing the wrath of the police.

Now, youth are seen welcoming strangers and over a talk are explaining the development of their village through the constitution of committees.

Welcoming the initiatives of Mr. Vinod Kumar for adopting their tribal dominated village along with nine hamlets, a local youth, Rajanarasaiah, who was seen playing carom board along with his friends, said, “Earlier, majority of the local youth migrated to Gulf nations fearing the wrath of police, and also to eke out living. Now, the youth are expecting that the government would provide employment by imparting special training in various trades.”

Another youngster, Satish, who completed ITI, said that the villagers are happy over the adoption of the village and are also contributing towards achieving total literacy in the village by becoming volunteers.

But still the migration of youth to Gulf nations is haunting villagers as there are no employment opportunities in the village.

Village Sarpanch Madugula Laxmi said that the villagers have banned the preparation of ID liquor and its sale.

She said that the villagers had also voluntarily removed the belt shops and are actively participating in the cleanliness of their premises and village.

The constitution of various committees by the villagers to bring attitudinal change among themselves is yielding good results, she said, and hoped that the village would emerge as a model on all fronts very soon.

Source: thehindu.com

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