India is taking revolutionary steps towards developing its villages.
Though it has just been 13 months since the last panchayat election, many of these woman Sarpanch, have stood out with their performance.
Nisha, in the past few months has faced a lot of opposition and threats with regards to her work, but despite that has managed to get alcohol banned in her village.
Till few months ago Jodhpur’s 2 Rkm Kundal village was famous as the TB village of the state, as 25 houses in the village had as many as 30 TB patients.
When Godhara became Sarpanch in 2015, she took the disease head on and decided to make the village TB Free.
Dainik Bhaskar Saroj (R)
Before becoming village sarpanch, Saroj wanted to be a teacher and had even completed a course in MSc-BEd.
She then came up with a solution to build a well that not only collects drainage water, but also absorbs them.
She, since then, has built 185 such wells in the village.
When she noticed that students of the village were heading towards cities to prepare for competitive examinations as there were not many teachers in the village, she took the matter into her own hand and now herself teaches these students for six hours every day.
To help the women of the village financially, Jain got a bank built in the village.
The women in the village not only can deposit their money here, but once associated, can also take loan to start any work.
There are 1230 women in this panchayat with 12 women heading this self help bank called Sarojini Naidu Self Help.
Chanda Devi is the head of this group and has deposited Rs. 45,000 in the bank. They provide loan to women at a fixed interest rate and have currently got 150 women employed.
It was just a year after her marriage that Lakshmi became the Sarpanch of village Divdhabra and defeated many heavyweights to become so. Since then she has not only freed land from under encroachment, but has also helped many residential houses get legally registered.
The owners of these houses have been fighting for nearly 40-50 years to get their house registered, but were unable to do so.
She over the months have not only helped build many toilets in the village, but also developed village roads, temples and built a place where devotees visiting these temples can stay.