Transformation of a Village
Akbar Khan left his studies after the 12th standard to enter the family business in Kolkata. After he took charge of the village, Akbar Khan has worked dedicatedly to improve the conditions of the village.
By Sadathullah Khan
Bara is a village in Ghazipur district in Uttar Pradesh, near the border with Bihar. A Discover Yourself workshop was recently held by the pradhan in the village. Bara has an approximate population of around 50,000, of which the majority are Muslims.
In 2015, Rabia Tabassum, wife of Akbar Khan, was elected as the pradhan of this village, the seat being reserved for women.
Akbar Khan left his studies after the 12th standard to enter the family business in Kolkata. After he took charge of the village, Akbar Khan has worked dedicatedly to improve the condition of the village. He accessed government schemes, and the funds allocated were honestly spent. In fact, Akbar Khan also spent from his own money for the village’s development. He saw that no funds were diverted or misused. One such scheme he started to implement is the building of the toilets. Around two thousand toilets have been built till now.
Other such schemes that have been implemented in the village include a street lighting scheme, a concrete-blocks pathways scheme, a government ration scheme for the poor, and mid-day meals for school children. Additionally, cycles have been provided to physically-challenged people in the village. Health camps are held frequently for the benefit of the villagers.
In a short period of four years, the village has got a virtually new face. The people are now able to access benefits from government schemes which they deserve. Our heartfelt thanks to people like Rabia Tabassum and Akbar Khan, who serve as an inspiration to others.