Going an Extra Mile to Bring Smiles in Bundelkhand Village
Gariya, a godforsaken village in the dreary Bundelkhand region,
is in for some transformation.
And a globetrotting son of this village is making this possible.
Using his business contacts, he has invited some companies to
open a rural BPO (business processes outsourcing) centre in this Jalaun village
so that unemployed
Besides, some other youth have been sent for rural development
training so that they become entrepreneurs in the village.
Son of a farmer in Gariya, Deepak Srivastava, 34, is doing every
bit to bring happiness on the faces of villagers.
A professor of international business at the Institute of
Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad and a visiting professor at eight
European and American business schools, he says: “I want to stay connected with
my roots rather than staying uprooted.”
“Since I have the capacity to do something, I must work towards
the uplift of this place. Had my fortune not favoured me, I would have been in
the village like the other poor villagers,” he adds.
Deepak already arranged a meeting of the district/block officers
at the village.
This was the first time villagers witnessed and participated in
such a meeting.
The sub divisional magistrate (SDM) heard grievances and sorted
out many on the spot.
It was found that many villagers who qualified to be
beneficiaries of certain government schemes were left out.
“Now, those left out people have been included on the list of
beneficiaries,” says Deepak.
The village had a long-standing drainage problem, but now the
block chairman has adopted the village and announced to set up a drainage system
that would cost nearly Rs. 16 lakh.
Deepak also roped in two NGOs - Samarpan and Parmarth - for
women’s empowerment, water conservation programme and other projects in the
“My father Dinesh Chandra Srivastava, 56, was born here and so
was my grandfather. My great grandfather was a feudal lord. After land reforms,
most of the land he lorded over went away to others. We still have agriculture
land and my father, who lives with me whenever I am in India, does farming in
the village. I was born in the adjacent small town of Orai. I did my schooling
and ordinary graduation there. Then migrated to Jiwaji University, Gwalior to do
my MBA and PhD and since then there was no looking back. But now I am looking
back,” says Deepak.
Courtesy : Hindustan Times