By Arré Bench Aug. 14, 2020
Just five villages in Haryana have banded together to raise a staggering ₹51 crore for the Covid-19 relief fund, even though their own cases have been in single digits. But according to recent reports, residents of these villages have also complained that they have no access to basic facilities even with all this wealth.
In the last few months, some of the richest villages in Haryana have made very generous contributions to fight the coronavirus. Just five villages in the state have banded together to raise a staggering ₹51 crore for the Covid-19 relief fund, a recent report has said.
Despite donating these large sums, however, only five positive cases have been recorded from these villages, with a few reporting zero cases since the pandemic struck.
Now, according to recent reports, residents of these villages have also complained that they have no access to basic facilities, even with all this wealth.
5 Haryana village panchayats donated ₹50 Crore for COVID.
Palra – 21Cr
Sersa – 11Cr
Bal Jattan – 10.5Cr
Nasibpur – 5Cr
Rampur – 2.5Cr
Only 5 COVID cases found across these villages.
Ironically, the villages lack basic facilities such as schools, electricity and dispensaries.
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In Palra village, for example, which has donated ₹21 crore to the Covid-19 fund, residents complain that there is only one school, which takes students only upto Class X. For higher education, students must travel to other schools, which are several kilometers away, a report in NDTV said, making it a nightmare for young girls.
5 villages in Haryana donate Rs 50Cr to gov’s Corona fund
But these villages r not Covid-hit
Jyoti(16)”Only school in village is only upto https://t.co/KIoBGZVbI5 girls travellng alone fr studies is tough”
Projects stuck due to gov files not money https://t.co/t6CDh6xr1b
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In Sonipat’s Sersa village, meanwhile, residents told reporters that they only get electricity for two hours a day, and that the village doesn’t even have a primary health centre. This is despite their donation of ₹11 crore to the Covid-19 relief fund.
The reason why these villages are so flush with cash is because they are the frequent target of land acquirement projects. Palra, the report says, still has ₹23 crore left after their generous contribution to the fund.
Another of these villages, Bal Jattan, is 15 km from Panipat. Since it’s home to an Indian Oil Refinery and a number of plants, Bal Jattan is among the richest villages in Haryana, with over ₹125 crore in its account, The Print reported.
In Haryana, 5 villages with ‘enough money’ have donated over Rs 50 cr to Covid relief fund
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Still residents told the website that the refinery and chemical plants in surrounding areas had led to serious health concerns in locals. “The village has enough money, but we only need permissions to carry out development activities in the village,” the panchayat was quoted as saying in the publication.
After making such generous contributions, hopefully, the state government takes notice, and the panchayats are able to develop the villages further.