Tendulkar adopts village in drought-prone Maharashtra district

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 23:48 IST
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at an event in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)

Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has decided to adopt Donja village in drought-prone Osmanabad district for its development under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAANJHI).

Donja village comes under Paranda tehsil that is considered as a rain-fed area of the Osmanabad district, which has been affected by drought and severe water crisis this year. The district is also saw a number of farmer suicides.

Confirming the development, Anand Rayate, chief executive officer of Osmanabad Zilla Parishad, said authorities were now preparing a blueprint for development works.

“Our blueprint will be ready by August 30 which will be sent to the collector, and based on that development works in the villages will be initiated,” Rayate told HT.

Authorities are also hoping that the Donja model of development will inspire other villages in the region.

SAANJHI, launched in October 2014, is a unique and transformative scheme having a holistic approach towards development. It envisages integrated development of the selected village across multiple areas such as agriculture, health, education, sanitation, environment, livelihoods, etc.

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