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Unique tribute: Maha villagers sweat for Pulwama martyrs

June 27, 2019 05:36 AM


Unique tribute: Maha villagers sweat for Pulwama martyrs
Abhishek Choudhari TNN


In a unique tribute to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack, employees of Nagpur zilla parishad have ‘adopted’ 40 villages, one in honour of each slain CRPF jawan, and spent almost every weekend over the past four months toiling till midnight under floodlights to dig trenches and small canals for rainwater conservation.

Zilla parishad CEO Sanjay Yadav said the idea of implementing the project in Narkhed taluka came up during a meeting among officials to discuss what they could do for the country to heal the wounds inflicted by the terror attack on February 14.

“Since most of these jawans were from the rural areas and their families were primarily engaged in farming, we decided to do something for farmers. Today, the biggest problem that farmers face is shortage of water. That’s how the rainwater conservation project came about,” Yadav said. Narkhed taluka was chosen after zilla parishad officials identified it as the most parched area in the district. Yadav convened a meeting of various employees’ associations of the zilla parishad, all of whom eagerly agreed to be part of the project.

Deputy CEO Rajendra Bhuyar said working in the villages was his organisation’s strength. “In every village, you will find at least one zilla parishad worker. This was a big advantage as we went about selecting and coordinating with all 40 villages. The block development officers, block education officers and other functionaries put their administrative machinery in motion and we were started the project in March.”

The employees created a corpus for the project with their contributions before additional funding was sanctioned by Nagpur guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Funds also came from some zilla parishad schemes.

In every adopted village, a large banner bearing a picture of a martyr with his name and other details printed on it created a backdrop for the project.

The villagers, who were compensated financially for their labour, worked daily while hundreds of zilla parishad employees would reach their designated sites on weekends to lend a hand.

As the summer heat took over, most of the work got done at night

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