The community leaders of Tikli Village, Gurugram made a five- day tour to Ralegan Siddhi and Hivare Bazar, Maharashtra, to learn how to convert Tikli, a village in Gurgaon modelled on Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The delegation got the opportunity to learn from the social activist Shri Anna Hazare and attend the training sessions by his team, including project visits to help them prepare a strategic plan for Tikli village. Tikli is village, adopted by DLF Foundation with objective of converting a rural hamlet to a Smart Village that has all amenities with regard to rural infrastructure, education, skill development, healthcare, water & waste management systems and sound village governance structure.
A vibrant team of 25 community members from Tikli Village including the sarpanch, Panchayat members, women leaders and School teachers attended the training sessions. The 5 day trip was felicitated by DLF Foundation. A session was organized by DLF Foundation at Tikli where the 25 member team who had visited Ralegan Siddhi shared their experiences and learning. Hundreds of villagers from Tikli attended the session to get the insights of a model village.
Sharing her experience Raveena Devi, Sarpanch, Tikli Village said "The tour of Ralegan Siddhi was extremely beneficial in helping us understand the intricacies of development. We are truly inspired by the socio-political model of the village. It would not be long before Tikli emulates its success story. Thanks to DLF Foundation, our village would finally embark on the road of progress. Learnings that we had during our interaction with Shri Anna Hazare is going to enable us to enhance the village governance structure and design the village development projects with participation of the community. We have got several new ideas for inclusion in our village development projects like water conservation, environment protection, quality education, sanitation, Gram Sabha and transparency in governance, etc. to name a few,".
"The five-day tour conducted by DLF Foundation is part of our long term vision to improve the overall development parameters of Tikli and develop it as a Model Village. We look forward to empowering these leaders to drive the change that we want to see in Tikli and undertake more such initiatives," said Col. Prakash Tewari, Executive Director (CSR), DLF Ltd.
"The tour of Ralegan Siddhi turned out to be very fruitful. Ralegan Siddhi has a unique model of development which incorporates sustainable practices like environment conservation and solid waste management. The lessons of Anna Hazare further motivated us to develop Tikli on the lines of Relagan Siddhi," said Praveen Yadav, a young government school teacher from the village.
Speaking to the team of Tikli Anna Hazare said "We need to strengthen Gram Sabha in the villages by periodic meetings and transparency in implementation of Govt. initiatives. Gram Sabha is self-manifested and it is the one that sends its representatives to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. It can send as well as call off its representatives"
Model Village Project of DLF Foundation proposes to set a benchmark for social and economic development model in rural locations of Gurgaon. The aim of the project is to improve the overall development indicators of the Tikli village so as to uplift the overall quality of life of the community. The Foundation has evolved its own set of parameters which are based on detailed assessment and review of government programmes for creating a Model Village. DLF Foundation has already established a Community Water Treatment System, crematorium, Free OPD Facility along with Medicine, upgraded the infrastructure of the government school as part of the several initiatives being planned with regard to education, livelihood, healthcare, skill development, waste management and village leadership development.