New Delhi, April 13
(PwC) International Limited, headquartered at New York, will develop village Budhi in block Barnoti of district Kathua as a “Model Village”.
This was disclosed here today by Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh, when the International chairman PwC, Robert E. Moritz, currently on a visit to India, called on him and formally handed over to him a Vision Document outlining the salient features and the various levels at which the upgradation of the village is proposed to be done by the PwC. Pertinent to mention that even before formalizing the final plan, the PwC has already undertaken work on construction of additional class rooms and toilets at the local school in village Budhi.
As per the Vision Document prepared by PwC, Village Budhi in Barnoti block has been identified as a case study for a model village and subsequently, the same experience could be replicated at other places as well. The development of the village, as per the document, would be based on an understanding of the major issues and needs of the local community and was finalized after conducting structured interviews with community members across three villages of Budhi, Nagrota and Mearth of Barnoti block as well as group discussions with the village Panchayat members.
The PwC members, in recent months, also held a series of meetings with government officials from Department of Water, Sanitation, Irrigation, Skill Development, etc. to understand the challenges and constraints in the implementation of the project. As a result of thorough research, while 10 priority areas have been identified, the most crucial and the first priority pertains to drinking water. The access to drinking water is a primary issue in the village and not only lack of water availability or shortage of required water, but in certain areas, water from hand pumps is also perceived to be unfit for consumption, whereas about 11.24% of households receive untreated water. Dr Jitendra Singh hoped that PwC, with its human resources and funding capacity will be able to undertake work of construction of tube wells, initiation of water management programme, designing targeted programs for local employment opportunities, etc. and also hoped that the State Government would offer all the cooperation required. Robert Moritz assured Dr Jitendra Singh of continuous constant follow-up by his team and said, the model village developed in Kathua would become a model to be followed in other villages.