Udaipur : Located some 30 kilometers from district headquarters and 10 kilometers from the gram panchayat, residents of this non descript village Shobji ka kheda have been complaining of political apathy since years. Leave alone women, even men do not participate in the political affairs or express their will in the gram sabhas. Most of the time they do not know when the gram sabha takes place and even if they have information, distance pose a reason for villagers to stay back.
The village consisting of some 80 families and a population of over 600 people have been craving for basic facilities like road connectivity and ample water supply. The reason behind the apathy is the village’s location from gram panchayat. Walking 10 kilometers for getting any work done from the gram panvhayat office at Namri seems a herculean task for them.
“It’s really annoying situation because we are just 30 kilometers from Udaipur headquarters but we have been put under a grampanchayat that is 10 kms away from the place. We have at least 4 other gram panchayats in the range of 1-2 kilometers like Bhoyana, Nandwel, Sakeriya Khedi and Salera Kala but unfortunately, we fall under Namri which is the root of all issues” RamSingh Chundawat, a senior resident told Udaipur Kiran.
“We cant walk frequently to buy essential commodities given under the public distribution system. Ration shop is far away and so we get most of the things from surrounding settlements” Phool Kunwar, a housewife claimed.
“Earlier our village was under a nearby grampanchayat but after demarcation it fell under Namri because that one had less population. Even for a signature or getting any certificate or sanction we have to go there and if the authority is not there we have to make another trip” retired police inspector Udai Singh Chundawat says.
The villagers claim they made repeated request to leaders for a change of gram panchayat but their pleads have gone unheard for years now. ” Every elections they come to our village which has 250 voters but none really care to understand our problems. We have no say or participation in the development works in our area” Jhalam Singh, another villager said.