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Bihar MP who defeated Meira first to adopt village

BJP MP Chhedi Paswan, who defeated lok sabha ex-speaker Meira Kumar to win the Sasaram seat in western Bihar, has become the first MP in Bihar to adopt a village under PM Modi’s sansad adarsh gram yojana.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2014 17:55 IST
Prasun K Mishra

BJP MP Chhedi Paswan, who defeated lok sabha ex-speaker Meira Kumar to win the Sasaram seat in western Bihar, has become the first MP in Bihar to adopt a village under PM Modi’s sansad adarsh gram yojana.

Paswan, on Sunday, adopted Malhipur village in his constituency, near the Kaimur hills. Having a population about 5000, the village is inhabited mostly by Pasi (toddy seller) and other scheduled castes.

A JD (U) MLA earlier, Paswan was inducted into the BJP after he met Modi in Ahmedabad last year.

His Sasaram seat, on Bihar-UP border, lies close to Modi's Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.

Falling under Chenari block of Rohtas district, Malhipur becomes one of three villages to be adopted by 2019 under the novel scheme. The criterion for selection is poor population between 3000 to 5000 in plain areas and 1000 to 3000 in hilly areas.

Addressing a meeting of villagers and panchayat representatives at Malhipur, Paswan said that Chenari was his political birth place and also the work place since the very beginning.

“I have personally felt the sufferings of people of Malhipur who had no option other than to cut wood from nearby protected forests and make a livelihood by selling it at nearby Chenari market”, he said.

Illiteracy and consumption of liquor has proved to be the undoing of Malhipur residents, who have no access to school, irrigation facility, electricity, industry and source of employment, Paswan regretted.

He pointed out not a single resident of the village was a matriculate or held a government job. The child mortality rate was very high in the village.

Blaming the state government for the sorry state of affairs, he said Malhipur was an eye opener on its tall claims on SC/ST development.
The adoption, the MP said, would open the flood gates for all round development of the village. Coming along soon would be facilities for education, irrigation, healthcare, sanitation and small scale industries.

“This village will soon become a self sufficient unit”, he declared.

A slew of local leaders thanked the MP for his initiative and expressed hope it would pave the way for the development of the village.

These included former Chenari block pramukh Raja Singh, local mukhia Bhola Choudhary, BJP district president Radha Mohan Pandey, senior leaders Awadh Bihari Ray, Satya Narayan Chaubey, Prem Prakash Pandey, Dev Lal Paswan, and Devendra Tiwary.