5 Villages Give ₹ 50 Core For COVID-19 Relief Fund
5 Villages of Haryana Together Donated 50 Crore Rupees To The Corona Relief Fund Of The State Government
Battle against COVID-19, villages of Haryana are now coming to the forefront and adding to the efforts village panchayats of 5 villages of Haryana together donated 50 crore Rupees to the corona relief fund of the state government but none of these villages are facing a COVID crisis.
Through this ground report we come to know that how residents complain that even basic facilities like schools, healthcare and many more are not available. Pancha’s are, however, defending the move.
Beyond the skyscrapers of “Millennium City” Gurgaon lies a village called Palra. A village of 7,000 people which has seen only one case of COVID-19 so far but has donated ₹ 21 crore to the Haryana government’s coronavirus relief fund.
It is among the five villages of Haryana that have together donated ₹ 50 crore to the fund. None of these villages, however, are facing a COVID crisis. The money has been donated by the village panchayats, from the development fund of the villages.
Haryana has a total of over 42,000 covid-19 cases. Across these 5 villages they have a total of 5 cases of COVID, 1 in Palra and 4 in Nasibpur. The other 3 villages have not seen even a single case.
While Palra and Gurugram has donated 21cr. Rupees. Seersa and Rampur in Sonipat has donated 11 cr. and 2.5cr. Respectively. Bal Jattan in Panipat has donated 10.5cr. And Nasibpur in Narnaul has donated 5crore rupees.
Villages in these areas tend to have funds running into crores due to compensation for frequent land acquisition projects.
Palra still has 23 crore Rupees left and there is also a lack of basic facilities and have school till 10th class. Many students, especially girls struggle for their studies as schools are also several kilometers away. Also, facing problems due to conveyance.
All parents worry about how to send their girls alone for such a distance. There is no conveyance. It’s very troublesome to travel.
“Sometimes the auto takes too much time. We also hesitate in travelling alone and our parents also get anxious. Our school should be till Class 12 so that all girls can study here itself without getting stressed. Parents also won’t have to be worried,” Jyoti, a student, told NDTV.
Panchayat members claim that they have proposed the expansion but the government is yet to approve it.
Rajendra Kumar, a panchayat member, said, “The main issue is our school. We are building rooms with our own panchayat money. We are requesting the government that our school should be till Class 12. Our daughters travel long distances to study.”
In Sersa village of Sonipat 11 cr. rupees have been donated for COVID but the residents also complain that there is only 2 hours of electricity in the whole day and the village even doesn’t have the primary Health Care Centre.
Rinku Ritlan, a resident, said, “It is a huge issue. During the day, electricity is there only for two hours. In the evening too, it’s there only for a few hours. There are frequent power cuts. All houses have inverters and they manage only because of that. We have to go to private hospitals. There is no dispensary. We have to go to Singhu which is 3 km away.”
Sarpanch also claims that the proposals of the installation of solar panels in each house has been pending for over 2 years and defends the donation saying that it is meant to help our people.
Sarpanch also said “Electricity is a big issue and we have been trying to get solar panels installed at each household so that in each house, at least one fan can run and kids can study in the light. But this file is stuck with the government for 2.5 years. We are not helping the government or officials but poor people. We may not be able to directly interact with many people, but they are going through a lot of trouble. We will give (funds) to the government so they can then give it to people struggling with money, food and medicines. We can’t reach all such people directly.”
As the nation continues to battle with this pandemic rural India is doing a bit to make a fight against COVID-19 stronger but here it deserves attention too.