Hiware Bazar (Maharashtra): The richest village in India

Hiware Bazar is a Maharashtra village which fought with its destiny and came out winning with flying colours. The village was hit by a severe drought in 1972 after which villagers started to move out from Hiware Bazar to other neighbouring areas.

Under the guidance of  Sarpanch Popatrao Baguji Pawar, the village started to witness impeccable changes like ban on addictive substances, and encouragement of rainwater harvesting and cattle farming.

Slowly, the new adaptation started bearing fruits, the per capita income of the village increased from Rs 840 in 1995 to about Rs 30,000 in 2012. Around 60 villagers turned millionaire in Hiware Bazar.


Punsari (Gujarat): A high-tech village equipped with all modern facilities

At a time when the government is mulling over to provide WiFi facility in the national capital, residents of Punsari village are availing internet facility 24x7.

Schools in the village have CCTV cameras and digital technology is used to tech students. The villagers are given accidental cover of Rs 1,00,000 and mediclaim cover of upto Rs 25,000. Moreover, the villagers can avail a 20-litre of clean drinking water for just Rs 4.

The advancement of village not only gained accolades in the country but also mesmerised delegates of Nairobi who are planning to adapt the impressive model of Punsari in the villages of Kenya.


Mawlynnong Village (Meghalaya)- Asia’s cleanest!

Use of plastic bags and smoking are totally banned in this village. The waste material is dumped by the villagers in dustbins made up of bamboos. It is later recycled for further use. Littering around is strictly prohibited and defaulters are fined. Those who cut trees are slapped fine. The village also has 100 percent literacy rate.

The Khasi society in the village follows the matrilineal system whereby property and wealth are transferred from the mother to her youngest daughter who is also entitled to keep mother’s surname. The females run shops, while males do farming.


Chappar (Haryana): Here birth of girl child is celebrated

While Haryana is infamous for its miserably dis-balanced sex ratio, village Chappar in the state, brings fresh lease of life as it celebrates the birth of a girl child with pomp and show. The practice of women hiding their faces behind veils has almost come to an end here.


Dharnai (Bihar): This village runs on solar power

After having survived 30 years of darkness, Dharnai now provides 24-hour electricity to every household with the help of NGO Greenpeace India. A 100 KW solar-based micro grid was installed in the village. Dharnai is now India’s first fully solar powered village.


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