Our Correspondent, Delhi Hemlata Wadiva, Sarpanch of Sakadehi Gram Panchayat of Betul District in Madhya Pradesh received National Award for outstanding performance under MGNREGA from the UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi at a function organized at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi to mark the 8th MGNREGA Diwas.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Shri Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Panchayat and Rural Development were also present on the occasion. The National Award has been conferred to 11 Gram Panchayats of the country. It is noteworthy that the Sakadehi Gram Panchayat having a population of only 2136, constructed 14 Kapil Dhara wells under MGNERA, made available irrigation facility in 17 hectare land and provided 860 saplings for plantation under Nandan Phalodyan to 8 beneficiaries during the year 2011-12. Besides, drinking water facility was provided to 25 families through Nirmal Neer Drinking Water Wells.
The panchayat developed two sports grounds in the village to provide sports facility to children. Apart from this, 20 members women’s self help groups has been associated with plantation activities to create livelihood to them. Besides, transport has been made smooth in the villages under Gram Panchayat by constructing CC roads in the village under Panch Parmeshwar Yojna. Construction of two gravel roads has provided better transport facility to people of three villages. he Panchayat provided 17,131 mandays worth of employment to 304 families.