FIRST STEPS: PROVISION OF WATER AND POTABLE WATER - 1993

A. Drinking Water Committee
Before 1993 the village faced severe water scarcity. Under the aegis, guidance and support of BalaVikasa, the villagers were formed into 18 groups and leaders were electedfrom each group. Thus a water committee was formed in the village. The Village President was made as an Ex-Officio Chairman of Water Committee.The Collective efforts of the Committee and villagers made possible contribution of money and labor to build two over head tanks.

The success of this project through collective efforts of the committee members geared development by the formation of  24 other committees across the years at Gangadevipalli.

Rules and regulations for water supply from OHTs

  • Lifetime Membership fee for individual tap connection is decided by the Committee. No monthly rentals/ fee are charged.
  • There is no public tap in the village. The tenants and temporarily residing families with no tap connection can collect water from neighboring families and pay an amount of Rs. 50 per month to the Water Committee.
  • Sufficient water is available from 6- 10 am every day.
  • On Celebrations and Functions the families have to pay Rs. 50 for required water.
  • To maintain uniform distribution of water each tap connection is restricted with 1/2” diameter pipe and minimum 4 feet height from the distribution pipe line.
  • To control the water wastage every connection must have a regulating tap.
  • Water supply is disconnected if any family is found watering the plants directlyfrom tap, overflowing from the tubs, and water stagnation at the tap surroundingsor on/off regulator is not fixed. The families have to pay a penalty of Rs. 100 forreconnection. Until the penalty is paid neighbors are not allowed to give water.

Stipulations for safe drinking water supply through water purification project.

  • Every family in the village is provided safe drinking water of 20 liters per day on payment of Rs. 300 per annum (which is less than a Rupee per day)
  • Additional can of water is supplied at Rs. 2.
  • Each family must ensure that the cans are sufficiently cleaned.

Added services by the water committee
Of the revenues generated through water tank and purification projects, thecommittee allocated an approximate amount of Rs. 13 lakhs for different development activities as shown in the table under economic dimension section.

2014 - INDICATORS OF A MODEL VILLAGE

Gandhiji has long back dreamt for “GramaSwarajy” where in each village is basicallyself-reliant, making provision for all necessities of life - food, clothing, clean water, sanitation,housing, education and so on, including government and all socially useful amenities requiredby a community. Equality and social justice prevail in the village promoting human, spiritual,ethical and social values. The community adopts eco friendly and sustainable agriculturalpractices ensuring the security for future generations. Villagers live with unity and disciplinewithout any discrimination of caste, religion, political, class etc. Community will dreamtogether about their future and work together for its achievement under able leadershipwhere in people just don’t fight for their rights but put in sincere and committed effortstowards their obligations as a citizen of the village and nation at large. The communityadopts modern technology to bring efficiency in production and enhancing economicopportunities. Opportunities are provided to every citizen to live in peace with dignity andsecurity. …

Indicators of a Model Village are:
• Level of unity among the villagers
• Level of commitment, competence, transparency of the community leaders
• Number of people participating in the gramasabha and community development activities.
• Number of economic opportunities that exist to the community.
• Number of initiatives taken up by the community mobilizing local resources.
• Level of community and leadership dynamics
• Annual income and purchase abilities
• Number of services available to the citizens i.e. education, health, finance, water, transport, entertainment, temples etc.
• Number and type of natural and physical resources developed in the community.
• Number of people paying taxes, power bills etc.
• Number of families immigrating to the village
• Number, type and level of awards received by the village
• Number of institutions intervening
• Number of visitors such as GP representative, Govt. officials, Politicians, Media,NGOs, international guests to the village.
• Level of influence by the village in policy making at district, state and central level.

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