Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit to Punsari: A model village

This weekend IRMA Social Entrepreneurship cell organized a visit to Punsari village that has been declared as an ideal village of  INDIA. The Sarpanch, Mr. Himanshu Patel has played an important role in the development of this  village in the last 6 years of his tenure. Before 2006 it was any other ordinary village of Gujarat facing the problem of drinking water, sanitation, poor infrastructure and maintenance of the same. Due to his work, Punsari village has been recognized by MoRD as well as state Chief Minster, Mr. Narendra Modi.

The village is located in Sabarkatha District of Gujarat and has a total population of 6000 comprising of 23 different caste and communities.  This village has no NGO and no NRI funding. 98% of the population is engaged in agriculture or dairy activities.  Still CCTV camera monitoring system, Mineral water plant for all, CC roads,  Centrally ac government school that too with all panchayat funds will amaze you. When people told us about this village, we could not trust that. But visiting it make us realize the power of commitment and a good visionary leader.

There is online sound system which is audible in all the streets and households of the village. Everyday Mahtama Gandhi's bhajans and other devotional music are  played in the morning (6:30 to 7:30) and evening( 6:30 to 7:00). There are total 120 such waterproof speakers all over the village. This system is used for sending information about various schemes of government as well as all other important alerts. Sarpanch phone is connected to this system and he can deliver any message to the villagers from anywhere. It was very obvious with such a technology that all the schemes are utilized to the maximum extent in this village. Taking inspiration from  this village, Mr. Narendra Modi has allocated many crores to install such system in all the villages of Gujarat.

CCTV cameras have been installed in the village. This has not only helped in monitoring staff but also in improving overall sanitation in the village, reducing violence and improving discipline in the village.

Initially clean drinking water was  a problem. Now the village has its own mineral water plant. The water is supplied to all the households at nominal charges and even BPL families get it free of cost. This mineral water plant also outsource the water to other villages. Panchayat has its own tanker which supply water on special occasions.

It is interesting to  know how people were motivated  to pay taxes by giving them dustbins as a gift. This has also improved cleanliness in the village at the same time increasing tax collection level to 90 %. Every morning and evening  a  trolley collects waste from the households.

In the last 6-7 years, there have been no cases of infant mortality,  maternal deaths and female suicides which were very common earlier.  There are 2 MBBS doctors permanently appointed at the PHC centers and Asha workers are active. Number of women SHGs has increased from 2 to 111 and women community has strengthened. Many small enterprises are set up by these SHGs.

To Be continued...


  1. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog posts and you have really gained the appreciation for such a brilliant write-up. I want to know more about your article & blog posts. Thanks & I will wait for your reply.

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  2. Thank you Sanjay Kumar... Please free to ask if any relevant questions!!

  3. can you upload some of the pictures, in case you have like of schools ,their streets ,mineral water plant etc. because i m thinking of motivating my gram panchayat too

  4. Thank you for the article. I'm looking for more details in the economic activities of the Population. For instance which are the main crops grown there, where do they mainly sell their crops and dairy products and if there are any additional avenues of earning there. I'm student writing a report on the village, any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.

  5. Nice writing

    Can an individual or a group of students (4-5) visit the village? Are there any formalities? Some of my friends are engaged in similar work and want to visit the place for ideas.

  6. Hey great thing!! Thanks for informing such a useful and motivating information

  7. Punsari Village Bus Station are as given by Google Maps. wow
    Punsari Gram Panchayat Latest Photos 2015

  8. I wonder what are souces of funds for punsari?
    If its only state and federal govt. funds then this model cannot be replicated.