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Vijay Ramola

Mussoorie. 17 February

Around nine IAS trainees from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of administration in Mussoorie got a glimpse of rural life during their study tour visit to Pab village in Jaunpur block of district Tehri Garhwal, today.

The nine IAS trainees along with local village level officers reached Pab village around noon and took the stock of various government development schemes in the village.

They were astounded to note that most of the villagers were unaware of the various schemes being run for their welfare by central and state governments for the villages in the country. When IAS trainees sought information about the soil health card the villagers responded by saying that they were not aware about any such card being given by the government. The IAS Trainees sought information about animal husbandry scheme and were told by villagers that no officials had ever visited their village to inform them about any such schemes. The villagers were all praise for the rural guarantee schemes being run by the government but apart from that they had no knowledge about any livelihood schemes being run by the governments for them.  The IAS trainees enquired about the minimum support price (MSP) and to which the villagers showed their ignorance much to IAS trainees surprise.

Following that, the IAS trainees then paid a visit to the Narayani horticulture fields owned by horticulture expert Kundan Singh Panwaar near the village where they learnt about various fruit species namely Apple, Kiwi, and Walnut etc being grown in the fields. Kundan Singh Panwaar informed them that it has taken him decades to set up the horticulture cluster in the village which was important for the improvement of financial condition of the villagers. He said that if the policies are streamlined further and bottlenecks removed then more people would be interested in taking to horticulture thus helping in curbing problem of migration.

The Gram Pradhaan of the village Sobat Singh Kaintura said that he was glad that the IAS trainees found time for their village and was hopeful something concrete would come out of the visit and benefit the villagers in near future. Later the IAS Trainees danced along with the villagers on the traditional folk tunes and  beating of traditional drums in the village.

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