Gangadevipalli Model village is present in Warangal district, Telangana. The model village was apparently inspired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (Model Village scheme).
To develop Gangadevipalli Model Village, local officials were asked to motivate the villagers to undertake development on several points. Some of the developmental tasks taken up by the villagers include:
• Daily physical exercise
• Liquor prohibition
• Generation of self-employment
• Usage of toilets
• Personality development
• Social and financial development
• Environment awareness
• Social security
• CC roads
• Drinking water
• Education by ensuring every child attends a school
• Health centers
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has announced three villages namely Gangadevipalli in Telangana, Punsari in Gujarat, and Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra as Model villages. Gangadevipalli was selected as a model village for its practice of organizing villagers into committees for the betterment of the community.
Out of the three villages, Punsari is the most developed village with clean roads, a proper drainage system, Wi-Fi connectivity, CCTV cameras, a public address system, and zero school dropout.
The Hiware Bazar village in Maharashtra model village, on the other hand, is known for its irrigation network and water conservation model. Moreover, some impressive tasks like free labor, ban on liquor, grazing, and felling of trees, and adoption of family planning methods in the village have been inspiring.
Well, Gangadevipalli model village in Telangana has a community-owned cable TV network, well-laid roads, regular power, and water supply, and an advanced water filtration plant. Gangadevipalli has a population of 1,352 people.
The village has over 25 committees to manage areas like health and hygiene, the provision of drinking water, cable television, and literacy. Some other interesting facts about the village is that it has 100 % literacy rate and has a toilet in every house. Another remarkable achievement for the village is that its married population does not have more than two children.
Some government incentives like 100 percent Life Insurance cover for every family, immunization, zero child mortality, 100 percent repayment of agricultural loans, compulsory membership to self-help groups for women, and mandatory participation of every household in the process of development through committees.
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In the recent years, the village has been successful in achieving 100 percent survival of newborn babies, their inoculation and immunization, as well as regular vaccination of children below five. The local government has been supportive in supplying nutritious food to children and pregnant and lactating women, along with regular health check-ups.
The gender ratio of women and men is almost the same which is a good indication. Almost each woman in every house is also a member of a self-help group, making a significant contribution to the family income.
As Gangadevipalli village was getting noticed in the eyes of the government, in the year 1993, Bala Vikasa, an NGO, walked in with a proposal. Although, the village has good developmental activities going on, the village had severe water scarcity. An NGO offered to build two water tanks in the late 1990’s. The NGO laid a single condition to bear 15 percent of the cost, which was Rs52,500.
Sarpanch Koosam Rajamouli, a youth leader, arranged a meeting and placed the proposal before the people. In the meeting, Rajamouli, the youth leader mentioned that “Be it the water tanks, toilets in every home, or the bare necessities, we believed in unity”. He further mentioned, “It was not easy to bring everyone together, but we did not give up. When they saw the results of working together and recognized the need for development, the critics, too, started joining us.” This has led to a establishment of water supply in the village.