New Delhi: Popatrao Baguji Pawar, farmer sarpanch of Hiware Bazar panchayat in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra India, has won Padma Shri.
Pawar also serves as the Executive Director of Maharashtra state government’s Model Village programme. He is credited to have transformed it from an impoverished village into a model of development that the government of Maharashtra wishes to implement across the state.
Pawar led Hiware Bazar’s transformation from a drought- prone village to a green and prosperous model village, thus successfully reproducing Anna Hazare’s Ralegaon Siddhi model of village development. He featured in an India Today cover story as the person who demonstrated how rural water resources could be revived.
The Hiware bazare gram panchayat, with Pawar as its sarpanch, won the first National Award for community led water conservation in 2007.
In relation to the control of malaria he is quoted to have said “Show me one mosquito (in Hiware bazar) and take away Rs 100.”