Varanasi: On 7 November 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had adopted Jayapur village situated in the Varanasi Parliamentary constituency under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Barely a year into the programme, and this village, which used to be devoid of basic amenities, was ready to greet everyone in the form of a model village.
“In reality, through the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, parliamentarians are not adopting villages, but it is the villages that have adopted/embraced the parliamentarians. We all have to direct our efforts to create model villages,” the prime minister had said in his speech addressed to the people of Jayapur.
Thirty per cent of the inhabitants of this village are farmers, 20% work as farmhands in the fields; 34.1% of the population is engaged in some form of work. The literacy rate in Uttar Pradesh is 53% against the national figure of 73%, but literacy rate in Jayapur stands at 73%. For every 100 males, there are 62 literate females. Jayapur’s male-female sex ratio is much better than the corresponding Uttar Pradesh figure.
Village head (till 2015) Durga Devi, for example, despite having gone to school only till the VIIIh standard, takes active participation in promoting cleanliness and also urges the village folk to send their girl child to school.
Here is some information related to the development work in the past year, along with some pictures to illustrate the same:
Three nationalized bank branches have been opened in Jayapur after it was adopted by the prime minister.
As part of the daily cleanliness drive, volunteers Sunil Singh and Rahul Singh guide the youth to promote cleanliness on a daily basis.
Daily yoga and medical camps are organised to educate the people in Ayurveda. An Ayurvedic medic Rajkumar has been conducting health camps since 11th March.
“Modi ji is a man of values. He knows everything. There is no need to inform him as to what needs to be done,” said a village head.
A primary school electrified by solar power is now functional. Smart classes supported by New Zealand’s CDI have started functioning; as part of s CSR initiative, digital classes have been launched in the primary schools.
A railway reservation centre has been established in the village.
A post office has been started including supporting services such as speed post and insurance.
The handicrafts department has registered 400 youth for the purpose of employment. Three hundred young people received employment through the Rozgaar Mela held in the first week of February.
Life Insurance Corporation of India has opened its office in Jayapur,
Sixteen bio-toilets have been constructed in the area.
Forest dwellers’ locality has got a complete makeover with model houses being built for 16 -dwelling families. The houses have all the basic modern amenities.
Five aanganvadi centres have been established.
In Atal Nagar’s Poarch Road, a temple along with a garden nearby has been constructed. Houses with toilets, washing room, kitchen as well as a big room have also been built.
In the Dalit locality, a statue of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar has been put up.
Beautification of the school building, along with the introduction of higher education in the girl’s school. 5 fans were installed along with a hand pump in the Primary school.
A women’s centre and a skill development centre are soon to be established
Two hundred solar lights have been installed.
For students a free coaching centre has also been set up.
A new tradition has been initiated: planting 5 trees on the birth of every girl.
The day of establishment of the village is to be celebrated.
“In Jayapur village, non-stop development-related work will be undertaken, but to sustain these programmes will the responsibility of the villagers,” said Ram Naik, the governor of Uttar Pradesh.
A State Bank of India branch is operating in the village. Also, with the opening of a solar powered bank branch by the Union Bank, crop loan worth more than 35 lakh has been approved within 2 weeks.
Workshops on organic farming have been organized weekly. Agri-clinics have been opened to teach the farmers the benefits of organic farming as well as the harmful effects of pesticides to the soil.
A hundred apple plants of special category presented by the prime minister have been planted.
Addiction–free drives are carried out to promote awareness against various forms of addictions.
An Ayurvedic hospital has been proposed in the area.
For travellers’ convenience, waiting shelters as well as resting places with benches have been installed.
For working women travelling up to the Rajatalaab Bazaar, a transport service has taken off. Jyoti is the first woman bus driver from this village. Her friend Varsha happens to be the bus conductor. Eighteen women from the village have been given training to operate the bus service between the village and Rajatalaab. The village’s menfolk operate the bus service, too.
A computerized sub-post office is fully operational; a post office already existed in the village.
Jayapur is the first village in the state to be illuminated completely by solar power. There are 2 solar plant of 25 kW power each.
Modern waiting rooms have been set up.
Foundation stones for an overhead tank of 2 lakh litre capacity, a pump as well as the supply pipeline have been laid.
“The work which could not be completed in Amethi in 10 years has been done in Jayapur in 10 months. Rahul Gandhi should learn from Prime Minister Modi how to transform an extremely backward village into a model village,” Ganesh Prasad Dubey, a farmer from Amethi, said during his visit to Jayapur.
After creating a nursery for medicinal plants, preparations are being made for setting up an orchard full of improved varieties of fruits. After planting 200 Aloe vera plants, Tulsi and Kalmegh plants have also been planted.
A Rural Knowledge Centre has been set up, which not only has a library but also information available on all issues related to the village folk and farmers.
A girl’s school along with an air-conditioned aanganvadi centre for women and children have been set up. The centre has been constructed using an earthquake-resistant technology, where even if there is no current, a provision has been made for proper light and fresh air circulation to continue.
Water availability: in every house a pipeline of 2.5 inch is being constructed that will supply water from the tank present in the village itself. Four mini tube wells are being set up; the job of boring for 2 of them has been completed. Each tube well will supply water to 150 village households.
Toilets are constructed outside every house.
Two plants of 25 kW capacity each are already functioning. These plants are supplying free electricity to 720 families of the village. One such power plant provides solar power to 250 houses for 24 hours free for 25 years.
With the help of the Carpet Export Promotion Council, two weaving centres have been set up, and arrangements for the finished products to reach national and international markets have been made.
Visitors to the model village Jayapur include 3 officials from a British company, First State Investment, a few students from Italy and a 10-member group comprising doctors, engineers and industrialists.
A group of American journalists has visited the Jayapur village to study the development work in the village and lifestyle of the villagers. Moreover, officials from a motorbike company have visited the village.
The Banaras Hindu University and Kashi Vidyapeeth students have contributed in opening up an e-library to encourage the womenfolk to utilize computer facilities. A free computer training centre under the National Digital Literacy Mission has also been inaugurated.
With the help of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, 70% of the village youth will be provided employment by the Ministry of Rural Development.
To empower women and to make them self-sufficient, a tailoring training centre (where training is free) has been opened. Presently, 2 batches are being trained, comprising 30 women. The centre will be expanded soon to include more trainees.
About 810 families of PM Narendra Modi’s adopted village Jayapur in Varanasi will get electricity free of cost. PM Modi’s adopted village is all set to become India’s first Green Solar Energy village as Welspun Energy Limited is providing free solar energy panels to all the houses of the village.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s adopted village Jayapur in his Varanasi parliamentary constituency is now a Wi-Fi hotspot. Free Wi-Fi services started in Jayapur village, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Uttar Pradesh (East) Circle chief general manager (CGM) HR Shukla informed.
LED bulbs have been distributed among 645 households of Jayapur.
Featured image: (left) parts of the Jayapur village; (right) glimpses from the Gaurav Gram Diwas celebrations to mark the first anniversary of Jayapur’s adoption by Narendra Modi