Jayapur is just 28 kilometers from Varanasi’s Cantt Railway Station. But till November 7, 2014, it was like any other ordinary village of Uttar Pradesh.
On that day Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted the village. That was a life-changing moment for Jayapur.
The face of the village started changing gradually.
New bank branches opened, a school powered by solar energy began; a computerized sub post office, railway reservation centre and even a Life Insurance Company office started functioning from Jayapur.
Today, yoga and medical camps are a regular feature in the village.
One look around and you cannot find a better example of PM’s ambitious Swacchh Bharat Mission.
Sixteen bio-toilets have been constructed in the area and there are toilets outside every house in the village.
Jayapur is also lighting the path towards adoption of solar energy.
It’s Uttar Pradesh’s first solar powered village. There are two plants of 25 kW capacity each supplying free electricity to 720 families of the village 24 hours. Around 200 solar lights illuminate the village.
Clean drinking water facilities are also being provided through tanks and pipelines that reach every home.
Since half of the villagers are engaged in the occupation of farming, a special centre to help them learn new and improved farming methods has been set up.
In January this year, the village was made a WiFi hotspot.
Jayapur’s population comprises Bhumihars, Patels, Musahar, Yadavs, among others, but Patels and Bhumihars dominate. But caste equations has not deterred progress.
Jayapur has an impressive literacy rate of 73 per cent, almost the same as the national average and higher than the 69 per cent average of Uttar Pradesh.
PM Modi has now adopted another village, Nageypur in Varanasi.
This is how the anganwadi centre looks from the inside.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani had on April 14 inaugurated the Nand Ghar.