In Sachin’s footsteps | Business Line

In Sachin’s footsteps | Business Line

Submitted version of my response:

This refers to Raghuvir
Srinivasan’s piece “It’s a different innings for Sachin”(April 1) and BL
interview with Sachin Tendulkar with focus on development of Puttamraju
Kandrika in Andhra Pradesh as a model village under Sansad Gram Yojana. Let us
congratulate Sachin and Joint Collector Rekha Rani whose leadership qualities
and the urge to do something for India changed the lives of 400 people in the
adopted village.
Projects like community
development project under which development of blocks of manageable size were
under Block development Officers(BDOs) responsible for planning and ensuring
linkages, Lead bank Scheme under which flow of credit to villages under the
purview of each bank branch(under service area approach)  were to be provided backward and forward
linkages necessary to ‘absorb’ credit for productive purposes and  Integrated Rural Development Programme have
all contributed to the present stage of India’s economic development.
PM’s call to his fellow-legislators,
in his 2014 Independence Day speech, was to adopt at least one village for
overall development. The initiative will work wonders, if ‘Sachin’ Model is
replicated by all MPs to start with and tried out by all elected
representatives down to panchayat legislators. Once the scheme takes off,
awareness about the possibilities will grow among the villages which are
excluded, which will also start asking for their share.

M G Warrier,


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