New Delhi: Under the leadership of Dr. Udit Raj, Member of Parliament, North West Delhi, village Jaunti in North West Delhi, has been adopted for development as a model village, under the “SaansadAdarsh gram Yojana”.
The villagers, along with the members of Dr. UditRaj’s team have met multiple times over the past few weeks, to chalk out the strategy roadmap for the holistic development of the village. In a first of it’s kind experiment, Dr. Udit Raj has successfully got together domain experts on the subject of ‘development of smart village and a sustainable eco-systemfrom India &overseas’, to sit with the village dwellers, and jointly develop the roadmap.DrRaj’s core team have come up with a phase-wise strategy for the development of village Jaunti.
In an unique affair, to unveil the entire roadmap for the future, the villagers held a one day ‘JauntiUtsav’ in the village, on the 11th of April, 2015 (Saturday), where invites were sent to friends & relatives from the surrounding villages. Various NGO’s like Good Shepherd and Arise India came for the event and expressed desire to support the noble cause.
There is visible palpable excitement in the village about being chosen as the first ‘Adarsh Gram’ of the area, and the JauntiUtsav should bring everyone together, so that the unique efforts of the steering team bears fruits.”
As a unique innovation, Jaunti is the first village, which is coming up with a master plan for the entire village. Jaunti also intends to be the first village with 100% electronic health records mapped. During the month of April, 4-5 volunteer from the village would undergo training under the guidance of specialists, and then accomplish a door-to-door campaign to capture the data. During the same exercise, they would also identify people who seek Bank accounts, Aadhar cards, Voter ID etc. so that all future projects achieve the desired ‘Inclusive’ results. Once the data bank is ready, we can integrate it with an SMS server so that every member of the village is included real time, on all communications. These tools not only are an enabler, but a motivator too. Thirdly, Dr. Udit Raj, who requested executives from the private sector to volunteer their contribution of time & effort. The skill training exercise too shall formally begin this month.
In another first, Jaunti aims to be the first village with a web portal of it’s own. www.merajaunti.comwas also formally launched during the Utsav on the 11th of April.
The Jaunti team has also evolved a mascot and aptly named him ‘Jonti, from Jaunti’ to bind the entire village into the mission. The mascot is youthful & contemporary, to appeal to the young demography of the village. PreetiChhikara, a 15 year old from the village finds Jonti to be a ‘cute companion’.
Dr. Udit Raj stated, “My endeavor is not to just develop the physical properties of the village, but to evolve a sustainable model which I intend to replicate in other villages too. The development will not only be limited to building roads and other high-end infrastructure, but also creating a sustainable environment, which ensures good access to heath care, access to education and training of the villagers to perform high skilled and high paying jobs, thus improving the growth and happiness index of the village. Our efforts start with inculcating pride in Jaunti, being proud of what we would have achieved, over time.”
DrRaj’s team said, “We must begin to ‘think locally’ and ‘act globally’. We are developing and deploying a strategic solution that captures the cultural prospective of the region, protects underlying facts of economic development and paves the way for holistic development facilitating the needs of the future generations in the Jaunti village.”
Mr. Sanjay Goel, the District commissioner, NW-Delhi & Mr. Anoop Thakur, SDM have also visited the village on a few occasions to participate in the Scope/Need analysis’ exercise. They have assured the villagers about ‘convergence of existing government schemes’ to maximize the output of this effort.
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