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A story of self-reliance

SETTING AN example, residents of a village, 35 km from Indore, have constructed 75 ponds with their own money. Proving that they could be a model of self-reliance, 200 families of Semalya Raimal village built 25 ponds last month. Another 20 are under construction.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST

SETTING AN example, residents of a village, 35 km from Indore, have constructed 75 ponds with their own money. Proving that they could be a model of self-reliance, 200 families of Semalya Raimal village built 25 ponds last month. Another 20 are under construction.

Impressed by the feat, Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das visited the village. The Commissioner took with him a team of engineers associated with rural development so that they could be inspired by the villagers’ feat and replicate the same zeal in their work place.

After listening to the villagers, Das commended their exemplary effort towards conservation of water. Effusive in his praise for the villagers’ awareness on water-harnessing techniques, the Commissioner told them that they have contributed immensely towards government’s efforts on increasing groundwater level.

He asked them to pay equal attention to organic farming. Speaking on the occasion, village sarpanch Devi Singh said villagers became more conscious about water conservation after Jalabhishek Abhiyan was launched last month. “Our aim is to have one pond for every household.” Irrigation facilities have improved after ponds were constructed and production has gone up, he said.

The District Panchayat Department screened a documentary film—-‘Kaun Banega Samajhdar’—centred on total sanitation campaign at the village. Indore SDO Uma Shankar Bhargav and District Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Ashutosh Avasthi were present on the occasion.