The Deputy Manager of SBI Foundation Mumbai, Shri Rajaram Chavan is on a Garo Hills tour for three days to oversee the ongoing GRAM SEVA project of SBIF in Dadenggre Block. This is the first project of SBIF in Meghalaya and they are looking forward to the success of this project to implement many such projects in different areas of the state.
Shri Rajaram accompanied by the SDO (Civil) of Dadenggre Shri. Jagdish Chelani, IAS visited Sategre Village today along with two other BAKDIL staff. As many as 30 people participated in the meeting and interacted with the officers and shared their issues.
The SBIF in partnership with the BAKDIL organization is implementing this Gram Seva program in five villages under Dadenggre Block – Asimgre, Sategre, Dilsigre, Bolchuge, and Sadolpara. These five villages will be the model village in terms of digitization, a supply of drinking water for every household, lighting streets with solar street lights, renovating pre-primary schools to provide a better learning environment, and in many other aspects.
The project will support various livelihood activity training for youth and women to start their own enterprise and make living out of it. The State Bank of India also promised to provide individual loans for interested and potential entrepreneurs.
The remedial classes for children have already been started in these villages which will draw children’s interest more towards education rather than spending time playing around.
While interacting with the village people Shri Rajaram said that SBIF is just investing in the development of the village and the people. They will not take anything from the village rather they will provide everything possible to make the village the model village. He promised that the schools will also be renovated in such a way that the children enjoy the learning environment. He also said that the SBIF demands only commitment and support from the village people to make the project successful.
The SDO, Jagdish Chelani also encouraged the people to give full support and coordinate with SBIF and BAKDIL for the success of the project. He also said that whatever help is required from the SDO office he is ever ready to help.
They also visited houses to check the availability of drinking water. Later they found out that drinking water is not available at their doorstep the villagers had to walk half a kilometer to carry water. The SBIF will ensure that drinking water is available at the center point not far from the houses to minimize the distance and give better quality RO filtered water.