A MODEL VILLAGE: HIWARE BAZAR IN MAHARASHTRA
HIWARE BAZAR IN MAHARASHTRA: A MODEL VILLAGE
January 1, 2019
This refers to the report “New Year resolution: No farm-loan waiver, please” (Business Line, January 1). Radheshyam Jadhav has covered a host of aspects which make Hiware Bazar Village a model for entire India in the present context. Deputy sarpanch Popatrao Pawar’s statement, “…loan waivers don’t help farmers sustain and survive. We just need pure seeds, electricity and a fair price for our produce,” should be an eye-opener for all concerned, from those at NITI Ayog, down to the political/social workers at the lowest level in the villages.
Hiware Bazar, as per the report has a farmer population well aware of essential ‘backward and forward linkages for agricultural projects’ which has managed the resources available in the area at optimum levels. The same model may not be amenable for replication elsewhere. But the principles and approaches to resources mobilization and project management are universal.
As a first step, I would suggest, NITI Ayog arranges to disseminate this success story through press releases, huge hoardings at the gates of all secretariats, Assembley/Municipal Corporation/Panchayat Halls and educational institutions. Perhaps, Prime Minister may consider including this in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, if not already done.
M G Warrier, Mumbai