Warangal: Gangadevipalli, a small hamlet in Geesugonda mandal on the Warangal-Narsampet highway has earned itself a name as a model village of the country. The principles and values followed by the village inspired Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in the country.
The residents’ innovative rural governance completely changed the lifestyle of the villagers in the past two decades. From setting up toilets in their homes to equipping the whole village with water supply, the village stands as an inspiration in implementing such development works.
They did not wait for the government to fund the development works in the village. Taking help from social service organisations like Bala Vikasa, they slowly started working towards the development of the village.
“Be it the water plant, toilets in every home or the bare necessities of life, we believed in unity,” said Mr Kusam Rajamouli, president of the village development committee. “It was not easy at first to bring everyone together. People were divided along caste, religious and political lines, but we did not give up. Once they realised the results of working together and after recognising the need for development, gradually those who did not believe in us too started joining us .”
Social service organisation Bala Vikasa has been working closely with the village and played a major role in motivating the people to build their own life. Executive director of Bala Vikasa, Singareddy Shoury Reddy said, “We stressed on the need for asset based community development to develop the village. We motivated everyone to contribute in the development works and this became the root for the achievements of this village.”