The NaMo effect has gripped everyone and taking the lead are Delhi BJP MLAs and municipal councillors who will be adopting one school and one jhuggi cluster in their respective areas and will ensure that toilets and drinking water facilities are available in the area. The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his maiden Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15 asked each MP to adopt a village and turn it into ‘model village’ by 2016.
“Taking initiative on the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all BJP MLAs and councillors shall adopt one school and one jhuggi cluster in their area and get toilets constructed and water ATMs installed from the legislator and councillor funds available for the rest this financial year,” Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has said.
Modi’s advice The BJP has a total of 29 MLAs and 165 councillors in Delhi. Every year, Rs 4 crore is given to each MLA and Rs 1 crore to each councillor to undertake development work in their areas.
Former Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said that every Delhi BJP MLA and councillor has been asked to follow Modi’s advice. “Delhi is the Capital of India, yet open defecation is the norm in many areas. There are many schools that don’t have proper toilets. BJP MLAs and councillors have decided that they will adopt schools and jhuggis, and develop them. Toilets in girls’ schools will be our top priority.
Very soon Delhi will achieve this goal,” said Gupta. In his speech on the 68th Independence Day, Modi had said, “Each of our MPs should make one village of his or her constituency a ‘model village’ by 2016. Can’t we do at least this? Shouldn’t we do this? If we have to build a nation, we should start from the villages. Make a model village.”
“I also urge upon the MPs from Rajya Sabha to adopt one of the villages. If we provide one model village in each district of India, then the surrounding villages shall automatically be inspired to follow that model. Let us establish a model village, let us establish them with well equipped systems and facilities,” he had added.
Modi had also emphasised on ‘clean India’ and said that everyone should pledge to not make their surroundings dirty. “Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary is coming in a few years. How should we celebrate it? He respected cleanliness. We should pledge for clean India,” Modi said.