Beautiful landscape, fresh air, green fields, and clear blue sky. These all what we can experience in villages where 65% of Indian population live and where the economy is mainly agriculture based.
One more truth also lies…the backwardness of villages, poverty, lack of education and basic needs. But, there are some Indian villages which have altogether set a different level of the milestone. These villages are different from other villages and this is why they are unique.
Here’s a list
Pothanikkad- The village with a 100% literacy rate
Pothanikkad is a village in Ernakulam district in Kerala. It’s also the first village to achieve 100% literacy in India. Now, this small village has developed into one of the most educated and culturally advanced villages in Kerala. St. Mary’s High School is the oldest high school in Pothanikkad, where prominent people in the society. St. John’s Higher Secondary school Pulinthanam is a pioneering educational institution in the village.
Hiware Bazar- A village with 54 millionaires
Hiware Bazar is a village in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. Located in the drought-prone area, the village people managed to transform the village from severe drought to a village of millionaires. This all happened as soon as Popatrao Pawar was elected as the sarpanch of the village in 1990. He banned all addictive substances to minimize expenses and encouraged the villagers to invest in rain-water harvesting and cattle farming. In comparison to the monthly per capita income of Rs. 830 in 1995, it grew up to Rs. 30,000 till 2012, resulting in 54 millionaires in the village.
Punsari- A model village
The Punsari village, located in Gujarat where every home in the village has toilets, there are two primary schools, a primary health center, street light, and a drainage system. The entire village is wifi enabled and has CCTV cameras installed. The villagers even have an accidental cover of Rs 1 lakh and a medical-claim cover of Rs 25,000.
Mawlynnong- Asia’s cleanest village
Mawlynnong village is located 90 km from Shillong and was declared as Asia’s cleanest village in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. The best part is that the villagers of Mawlynnong themselves clean the whole village. Smoking and use of polythene are banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.
Dharnai- India’s first fully solar-powered village
Dharnai is a small village with 2400 people. Located near Bodh Gaya in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, it didn’t have access to electricity. With the help of Greenpeace India solar-powered micro-grid, this Indian village is now empowered with electricity. The solar micro-grid supplies the electricity for homes, street lighting for roads and lanes, and water pumps.
Ballia- The village that beat arsenic poisoning of water
Ballia is a village in Uttar Pradesh. The village had a terrible problem of arsenic contained drinking water. This caused serious skin problems and even many physical deformations. Realizing the problem, villagers acted on the problem without waiting for the government. They fixed all the old wells to get rid of the problem.
Kulgod- The most developed village in India
Kulgod is a village in Belagavi district in Karnataka. A well-equipped gram panchayat office, branches of two nationalized banks, a co-op bank, a BSNL center, a government primary school, three private high schools, an electricity customer care center, a PHC, a veterinary hospital, and an ATM. With a population of 7,000 people, it has 5,200 voters.
The economy is aided by agriculture, and nearly 90% of the area is irrigated by the Ghataprabha right bank canal and the Rameshwar lift irrigation project. There is a frequent bus service. Beyond Class X, girls take a bus to the government college at Koujalagi, 6 km away.