Uttrakhand is a state where efforts are being made to curb the situtation of migration from the villages. People are leaving homes, lands and cattles in search of jobs, education and better facilities. The condition of this village too has come to a state where people have already moved out of this village in lack of basic amenities. Take a stroll in the village and you’ll know how over the years it has lost its sheen. Villagers are migrating, lands turning barren and homes are turning into deserted shelters.
It was in the nineties when Cable TV reached my village and call it a big deal! I had to appear for 10th Board Exams the same year, hence, my father was reluctant to move from Doordarshan to multi-channel Cable TV. However, I managed to convince him and also secure good marks. Majhera, my village, is 30 km away from District Headquaters, Nainital, and at a distance of 5 km from NH87 (E) – a place where Cable TV might have made inroads but it still remains deprived of black-top road connectivity.
It was during the same period we saw the advent of Telephone in our village. But my delight came about more with the construction of a Badminton Court in the area, something that could easily be considered a privilege. It was the same time there were talks of connecting villages doing rounds. It signaled of rapid progress of my village and I was happy.
This was the era of Uttar Pradesh. As we moved into the realm of new statehood, I hoped more betterment for my village. I passed my High School and Intermediate exams then from the nearby Government Inter College and moved to Haldwani and later Delhi for further studies. Over the years, the condition of this hamlet has only worsened.
Now, let me tell you why am stressing over it! This village boasts of maximum number of people as officers in government functionary. In the decade gone by, with the brilliant record of Primary and Junior High Schools, this village produced officers for Army, BRO and Banking sector including many other departments. People hailing from Majhera are not only giving their services to the nation but are unleashing their talent overseas as well. And, let’s not even talk about the innumerous teachers it has given to the state-run schools. This speaks volumes of the literacy and awareness level here. Moreover, the adjacent village, Doba, also has young boys giving their services to the Indian Army. But, there’s still no road that connects Doba. Why?
What did Uttrakhand change for the village that Uttar Pradesh did not? Nothing. Uttrakhand is a state where efforts are being made to curb the situtation of migration from the villages. People are leaving homes, lands and cattles in search of jobs, education and better facilities. The condition of this village too has come to a state where people have already moved out of this village in lack of basic amenities. Take a stroll in the village and you’ll know how over the years it has lost its sheen. Villagers are migrating, lands turning barren and homes are turning into deserted shelters.
I have, however, decided to stay back. As a First Class officer, I could have easily chosen a better life, better living but no, I chose otherwise. The situation isn’t helping me, though. I am pained to say the least…
Can I get basic amenities for survival here? The questions don’t seem to stop enveloping my mind…
There are several natural sources of water in the vicinity of Majhera. Still, the entire village yearns for water in summers. No government efforts have been made to provide a solution of conserving water from the available resources. The water that is being supplied to the village is limited and sourced from a single tank situated distantly. It, of course, cannot serve the entire village.
Nobody has paid heed. Nobody ever planned or seems to be planning. Public representatives are sitting idle. Docile pahadi janta is waiting for some miracle to happen and all looks to be in vain.
In 1887, Britishers constructed a permanent bridge at a distance of 5 km from this village, which is still sterdy enough but the Indian Government hasn’t been able to build a black-top road to this village till 2016.
Instead of a well-built road, there’s an under-constructed stretch that has drawn more accidents than benefiting the villagers in any way. The deaths of the innocents have failed to move the authorities and such apathy is quite rare, I must say.
There have been flood-like situations during rains because of lack of drainage system. But the complaints and requests have been falling on deaf ears. The construction of roads is not enough. It has to be supported by a proper drainage system so that the connecting houses remain safe during monsoons.
Development of any kind depends on the education being imparted in the schools. And if you want to see the state of education in government schools then just visit my village. The standard of education is appalling and If it continues to be the way it is, I gurantee that no student can ever reach to a post of an Officer in any organisation from this village. I studied in these schools and hence I believe that even slightest of interest by the government and other responsible officers of its concerned departments can get back the lost sheen of these temples of education.
What do we have here in the name of healthcare? A ‘Samudayik Swasthya Kendra’. And what facilities do we get here? Many including X-Rays and lab tests can be conducted.
But, did anyone ever check if these hospitals have enough doctors? Do the available machines work? The answers of the last two questions are in deep negative.
Why can’t these hospitals turn high-profile? If not here, than at least in District Headquarters? Majority of districts of Uttrakhand belongs to hilly region, but how many AIIMS-like hospitals do we have in Hills for pahadi janta? Or do they not deserve them?
Apart from these major problems, there are numerous things my village deserves.
The new generation does not have the Badminton court that we used in the 90s. In fact, there are no sports facilities even in the far distance. Apart from this, I think villagers deserve to get LPG at their doorstep as the area isn’t very far from the National Highway.
Let me assure you Honourable Chief Minister, Majhera village has the potential to become a benchmark for other such villages in the state, provided special attention is given to it. I hope my open letter attracts your attention. I might sound a little selfish but the reality is that I don’t want to migrate.
Please save my Majhera!