After transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh, Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar is now set to adopt Donja in Osmanabad (Maharashtra) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.
Tendulkar has sanctioned over Rs 4 crore from his MPLAD fund for development of Donja. The amount will be spent on development of a new school building, a water supply scheme that would provide potable water to each household, concrete roads and a sewage line attached to the same, a press release stated.
Five special village level meetings have been held since the village was adopted by Tendulkar.
Initial planning has been done and the issuing of tenders for the various works is expected to commence after the Zilla Parishad elections in the region.
Tendulkar had announced Donja as his second adopted village last year after successfully completing the first phase of development in Puttamraju Kandriga in Nellore.
Tendulkar has emphasised on addressing the issue of potable water since the region of Osmanabad has been facing droughts since the last couple of years.
Assistant collector (U/T) of Osmanabad District Ayush Prasad said, “The collector’s office has been closely working with the villagers and all the efforts are towards a 360 degree development of the village keeping in mind a well balanced socio-economic structure.”
“We are excited about his (Tendulkar’s) vision for the village. We look forward to hosting him at Donja,” he added.
Over 400 of the 610 households in Donja village did not have toilets when the village was adopted by Tendulkar. Since then, over 231 toilets have been built.
Oxigen Financial Services is helping improve the banking services at Donja. 12 retail outlets were trained and steps were taken to encourage them to set up micro cash-recycler ATMs.