This little-known Indian village has 60 millionaires!
We’ve all heard of Indian millionaires and billionaires like Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, and Falguni Nayar, right? All are among the Indians who made the pride not only of their village or their native state, but also of the whole nation.
But have you ever heard of a non-human inspiration? And that also in the form of a place? Yes, you read that right.
There is actually a small village in India that does not have one or two but 60 millionaires! Let us dive deep and unveil this inspiring real life story for you.
Welcome to Hiware Bazar
Before 1989, Hiware Bazar, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, was like any other village in India. In 1972, it even fell prey to poverty and drought. But in the 1990s, the fate of the village suddenly started to change, and it turned into a wealthy village, thanks to the village chief named Popatrao Baguji Pawar. Today, the village has nearly 60 millionaires! And guess who they are. All farmers!
Yes! you read correctly. The success behind the story of the misery to the wealth of this village is due to the transformation of the socio-economic fabric of the village by its chief.
Populated by around 1,250 people, this village of Hiware Bazar is indeed a prime example of how people can change their destinies through hard work and determination.
Besides bustling markets, pristine roads, lush green fields and a few well-built houses equipped with every comfort, this village is also great because of its ban on open defecation, tobacco, deforestation, grazing. , alcohol consumption, etc.
And with each passing year, the village continues to thrive to become better and better.
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The start of a revolution
It was in 1989 that Popatrao Pawar was unanimously elected village chief (sarpanch). And since then, there has been no looking back for this village and its success.
Mainly, Pawar has prioritized ending the threat of smoking and drunkenness by shutting down all illicit liquor stores in the village. Then he followed that up with a ban on alcohol and tobacco consumption.
Then, as the village receives little rainfall each year, it became necessary to sort out its water needs. Taking this into account, Pawar obtained a loan and started a program for rainwater harvesting, conservation and watershed management in the village.
With the help of the villagers as well as funds from the state government, he collectively created several water bodies, including 52 earthen bunds, 32 stone bunds, control dams and percolation tanks to store the water. ‘rainwater. He even made sure that thousands of trees were planted as well. Progress started when the watershed technique helped villagers irrigate and harvest different crops!
From 90 wells in the 1990s, this small village now has around 294 water wells. In a few years, agriculture resumed its full development in this village and became the main source of income for the villagers. In addition, the village also rejected the use of water-intensive crops and instead focused on legumes, vegetables, fruits and flowers that require less water for their growth.
Even former Indian drummer and legend VVS Laxman tweeted about the village in 2020.
Popatrao Pawar, Sarpanch of Hiware Bazar has turned his village into a model green village. The village now has no BPL families, no alcohol consumption, is almost mosquito-free and was among the first open defecation-free villages in 1992. It was recognized with a Padma Shri pic.twitter.com/RYXQkkYH8W
– VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) February 3, 2020
Today’s scenario and achievements
Villagers are now heavily focused on raising livestock. In the 20th century, around 33 gallons of milk were produced per day, while in the 21st century, growth multiplied exponentially, with around 880 gallons produced per day!
In 1995, out of 182 families living in the village, 168 were registered below the poverty line (BPL), while today this number has fallen to zero.
Among the other achievements of the village: each house has toilets, each house uses biogas, schools and a health system have been built, electricity and water circulate throughout the village, etc.
And that’s not all ! Three women are said to be part of the 70-member panchayat (self-government system), and one in two girls’ wedding and education expenses are covered by the village itself!
The village even has the highest per capita income in the country. The villagers here would earn an average of Rs 30,000 per month, and of the 235 families currently, 60 are millionaires!
The “Ideal Village” and the highest distinctions
The village has also obtained the title of “Ideal Village” by the government of Maharashtra.
Even our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi honored the remarkable work accomplished by the village chief as well as the villagers. Popatrao Pawar has even been appointed president of the Model Village Program of Maharashtra, whose goal is to create 100 similar villages. Sure, there seem to be better days ahead!
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Mr. Popatrao even received the prestigious Padma Shri Award in November 2021 for social work, from President Kovind.
President Kovind introduces Padma Shri to Shri Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji for social work. He is a farmer and sarpanch from Hiware Bazar panchayat in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. He is credited with turning it from an impoverished village into a model of development. pic.twitter.com/zvLmKvDWLN
– President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 8, 2021
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