Building Self Reliant Rural Communities in India

Jun 9, 2008

Women in leadership roles...

Bhuri is an active member of Gram Vikas Committee (Village Development Committee) of village Dholi Ghati. Close to her village the highway road was being under construction. The contractor of the road-construction project needed water for it and he requested the village. In a Village Meeting it was decided that the contractor could use the water from their wells and that he would have to make payments for the water and the money will go into the Village Development Fund. The contractor agreed on this.

The contractor started using the water from their wells. However, he did not pay any money for using the water. And so, Bhuri went and asked the contractor to pay for the water. He simply denied and said he will keep using the water but would not pay for any costs.

Bhuri spoke to the In Charge that had appointed the contractor for the road-construction of that area. Other people from the village also joined Bhuri and requested him to look into the matter. The In Charge asked the contractor to pay for the water he has used for construction. As a result, the contractor deposited Rs. 4500 into the Village Development Fund as the payment towards the water he had used forms their wells.

The village was very happy and they all appreciated Bhuri’s courageous efforts and her concern for the welfare for her community.

“There are a total of 552 Village Development Funds (GVK) with a total of Rs. 27260386/- ($681509.65).


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Seva Mandir

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Project Leader

Priyanka Singh

Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan India

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Map of Building Self Reliant Rural Communities in India