Rajya Sabha MP and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar adopted drought-hit Donja village in Osmanabad district for development.
He adopted the village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna, which was launched in October 2014. The Yojna aims at development of villages which include social and cultural development.
Osmanabad Zilla Parishad head Anand Rayate told PTI:
“We are happy that Tendulkar has picked Donja. We are sure this will inspire other villages in the region to emulate this model of development.”
The district has been reeling under a severe drought over the last few years and has also recorded a steep rise in incidents of farmers’ suicide.
Donja is a village in Paranda of Osmanabad. As per 2011 census 582 families residing there. It has a population of 2,863 of which 1,508 are males while 1,355 are females. Also, the literacy rate of Donja is lower than of Maharashtra.