Member of Parliament from Jalandhar Chaudhary Santokh Singh has announced to adopt Ganna village in Phillaur subdivision under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
Notorious for drug peddling and crimes in Doaba, the village is about 8km from Phillaur and has a population of about 3,500 people.
After announcing to adopt the village, Chaudhary on Sunday paid first visit to Ganna to review the basic problems its residents face. Chaudhary said his first priority would be to motivate the youth of the village to avoid drugs and crime by providing them employment.
“To make this a model village, I will interact with every resident and listen to their problems. The village will have all modern facilities such as a suwidha kendra, drug de-addiction centre, skill development institute, self-help group for women, health centre, technical computer centres, ATMs and better school,” he said.
It is riddled with drug abuse with a majority of its residents find mention in police records having been booked for drug trafficking, theft, snatching and bootlegging.
Panchayat officer Malwinder Singh said there are no toilets besides lack of drainage facility in the village due to which people are forced to defecate in the open.
“Most of the people in the village are living in kutcha houses due to poor economic conditions,” he said.
Listing other major problems such as lack of proper roads, post office, bank facility, general store or community hall in the village, he said, “Residents of village have to move to the city covering distance around 7 km just to buy basic grocery.”
The village has a government primary school and recently got a middle school. Their children have to cover long distances to pursue higher studies.
Sumit Kumar, a youth, said he wanted to continue his studies but due to non-availability of school in the village coupled with poor financial conditions of his family he could not pursue higher studies.
“Due to unemployment, many people of our village, including women, are surviving on drug business,” he said.