PM Modi’s Adopt a Village scheme has garnered a lot of attention and the rural development ministry has been closely studying the projects funded by CSR. The PM had launched the initiative on August 15, 2014, exhorting MPs to adopt a village and convert it into a model village. The flagship scheme envisaged developing 2,200 villages into model villages in three phases till 2019. In the first phase, MPs adopted 695 villages. However, last year the initiative lost its sheen as MPs complained of shortage of funds. In the second phase, only 51 MPs adopted a village.
In recent times, many companies have come forward and supported this wonderful initiative that holds tremendous potential to transform rural India. The village development model aims to cover all bases: finance from the adopting party, participation of the local authority and cooperation and education of the residents. The University of Kota is also developing its adopted village Dungarjya as a Smart Village.
Canon India had Adopt A Village as its flagship CSR initiative, where the corporate adopted villages in Maharashtra, Haryana and Karnataka. Indian Space Research Organisation also adopted villages in drought prone areas, aiming to prevent farmer suicides. State Bank of India Foundation recently adopted 500 villages for the next three years, allocating around Rs 240 crores, as part of their CSR.
Besides corporates, many individuals including Sachin Tendulkar and Anna Hazare have adopted villages and they have been successful in bringing change in the villages. IPS officer Prakash Reddy, SP, Nalgonda district has recently adopted Gundlapally, one of the worst fluoride affected villages in the district.
The development of these villages in terms of education, infrastructure, health and sanitation amenities will be overlooked by the Foundation, with some help from the government. The plan to administer the process will be through coordination with the local governing bodies of the villages they are adopting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had focussed on Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (MP Model Village Scheme) when he was elected, in 2014. He had encouraged MPs and corporates across the country to bring a positive change in the lives of rural & tribal communities.