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3 months after Miliband visit, Simara still hoping for change

india Updated: Apr 12, 2009 15:36 IST
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It was three months ago that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi accompanied by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited Simara, bringing into spotlight this otherwise non-descript village and the day remains etched in the memory of residents.

However, life remain unchanged for the villagers. At 9 p.m., the village is enveloped in darkness as oil lamps light the mud dwellings, in stark contrast to the solar lamps at the central meeting place. Soon villagers gather to narrate their experience with the celebrities.

Prema, one of the members of a self help groups, called Samuh in local dialect, says, "We had demanded a hospital near our village, timely supply of electricity and pathway to our farms as well as a tube well for irrigation. "The land was given to us long back during Indiraji's regime. Rahulji assured us that he would do something."

Miliband had visited the village on January 15 night this year on his mission to "discover" rural India and had interacted at length with the village women with Rahul acting as a translator between the villagers and the British dignitary.

Besides, Rahul had also discussed with the women about the functioning of their SHG and given them tips to run them better.