Tata Power, one of India’s leading power companies, announced a developmental plan for villages through its Model Village Development Programme. The programme will be rolled out to the 56 villages and will have real time monitoring, mid-term and final socio-economic evaluation to analyse the outcome and impact of the development projects.
The model village initiative is inspired by Government’s vision of building the nation through developing villages. The initiative is aimed at helping rural communities become sustainable. It will support in generating and maintaining resources without affecting the economic, social and environment values, while improving overall well-being of the rural communities.
The objective of the initiative is to facilitate the process of development by targeting the key prioritised issues and addressing through collective engagement of key stakeholders including local communities so that the villages become self-sustaining. The programme will be implemented in three phases. The first phase (2015-2017) will cover 10 villages, and the second phase (2017-2019) and third phases (2019-2022) will cover 23 villages each. The identified villages have a pan India presence covering 5 states namely Maharashtra, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Gujarat.
The programme ambit would encompass lighting up lives on social and economic life cycle at village level. Engagement and strengthening of village institutions/Gram panchayats would be the key operational aspect for the initiative.
Talking about this initiative, Anil Sardana, CEO & MD, Tata Power, said, “With this programme, we will work towards building and developing the 56 communities into model villages to bring about their social upliftment and inclusive development. We will support the communities and help them under our philosophy of being a Neighbour of Choice.”
Ashok Sethi, COO & ED, Tata Power who is mentoring the initiative, says, “Academic institutions and civil society are also being reached out to add value to the initiative by helping develop a scientific approach to facilitating plan, implement, monitor programmes and collectively mobilise resources and evaluate the social outcomes.”