Saleem Haji from Jammu & Kashmir India
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As Sarpanch of a village, the overall development of the village is the first and foremost agenda that falls under the purview of my responsibilities. This development is inclusive of secondary as well as higher education, rural development, health-care, employment, forest, and revenue.
Given the prevalent scenario in the past, it was apparent that development in, and of, the village was negligible. On paper, it was said that lots of funds were sent by the Central Government, but in actuality nothing was received. There were so many ways in which value could have been added to the lives of the residents of the village, but there was no one to represent them. When it became obvious to me that the potential of my village and its people was going to waste, I decided to stand for the Panchayat elections – to give back to my village and its people what they rightly deserved. It was important to bridge the gap between the local villagers and the inaccessible government.
Mission statement: To ensure the overall development of my village, and its people, in the truest sense.