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Uttarakhand village awaits its caretaker Raj Babbar

Uttarakhand village Lambagar is missing its care taker and Member of Parliament Raj Babbar, who had adopted the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), but hasn’t allegedly paid a visit yet.

dehradun Updated: Jul 08, 2016 21:09 IST
Prithviraj Singh
The villagers said Babbar should visit the village at least once in order to give the development projects a push as the district administration isn’t taking them up with the right earnest.
The villagers said Babbar should visit the village at least once in order to give the development projects a push as the district administration isn’t taking them up with the right earnest.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand village Lambagar is missing its care taker and Member of Parliament Raj Babbar, who had adopted the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), but hasn’t allegedly paid a visit yet.

Under SAGY, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, a member of parliament should adopt a village and ensure its holistic development by taking time-bound initiatives. Babbar adopted the village, which is located near the state’s summer capital Gairsain, after Rajya Sabha MP Manorama Dobriyal Sharma passed away. Sharma had proposed to start Rs 37 lakh worth of projects for road connectivity and electrification. But, they are lying unattended as Babbar hasn’t visited the village ever since, villagers said.

The villagers said Babbar should visit the village at least once in order to give the development projects a push as the district administration isn’t taking them up with the right earnest. They even expressed doubts whether the MP and the district administration were really interested in developing the area.

“We had lots of hopes from Raj Babbar after he expressed his willingness to continue with the decision of his predecessor and adopted our village under SAGY. However, now we feel betrayed as he has not even visited us once,” said Narendra Singh former village Pradhan of Lam Bagad.

Similar views were expressed by another villager and Mahila Mangal Dal member Janki Devi who alleged, “The district administration has not even conducted the baseline survey for preparing the detailed project report under SAGY”. “What should we expect from our MP who has the time to express solidarity and grievances with the people across the country but he has not bothered to visit us at least once,” Devi said, adding the deadline for the first phase would come to an end this year.

“Sharma had sanctioned more than 37 lakh to start the work under SAGY. But, no headway has been made since then. The district administration has not called a single meeting of departments on the project for the past two years,” said another villager Madan Singh. Villagers said that despite repeated reminders the MP’s local representative, Mohan Singh Negi, has not expedited the SAGY plan. Negi, however, blamed former CDO Sanjay Kumar and SAGY project director for the delay. “I wrote several letters and reminders to them. But, neither of paid any heed to that,” he said.

The district administration admitted that the pace of work was slow. “As per the norms targeted villages must have certain basic faculties in the place before taking up the SAGY projects. We are still trying to fulfil that obligation before starting the SAGY works.” said Mangesh Ghildiyal, CDO Chamoli.