MUMBAI: Former in-charge of AAP in Maharashtra and ardent social activist Mayank Gandhi has initiated a national rural transformation programme.The first leg of the programme will be to transform a cluster of 15 villages in Parli at Beed District of Maharashtra.
Says Mayank “As Gandhiji said, the soul of India lies in its villages. In order to transform India, it is important to transform the villages.” This project christened GLOBAL PARLI aims to increase per capita income by 250 percent in 3 years, while encouraging reverse migration and creating a model that can be replicated across the country.
Within 4 months, the initiative has covered huge ground with developmental activities including formation of village bodies, drip irrigation project,distribution ofpoultry and animals (goats) to encourage alternative sources of income, re-charging of over 50 bore wells, distribution of vegetable saplings for building kitchen garden to 4500 households to check malnutrition,organised general medical camps and specialized medical camps to test for breast cancer and Pap smear (screening procedure for cervical cancer) for women in 5 villages, football and marathon training camps to engage youth etc. The entire initiative has been supported by crowd funding, contributions from business houses and individuals.
Global PARLI has initiated a survey to remodel clusters of villages to make it more energy and space efficient. In the next 12 months, Global Parli aims to plant 4 lakh trees, equip 19 schools with e-learning infrastructure, conduct mass marriages to discourage the ills of dowry, distribute cycles to school girls to encourage education, build toilet blocks in every household and complete water conservation projects with the objective of making Global Parli villages drought resistant.
The genesis of GLOBAL PARLI can be traced back to the drought relief programme organised by Fulora Foundation, the NGO headed by Mayank Gandhi in May this year, which resulted in 1.57 crore litres of water being supplied to Beed through a crowd funding initiative.