Jun 18, 2022 :
The “Sansad Adarsh Village Development Project” at Mal Samot, Dediapada in Narmada district, was in the limelight when a high-level team of officials from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and Government of Gujarat visited the village. The Mission comprised of the Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI, Mr. Anil Kumar Jha, IAS, Secretary, Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat, Dr. S. Murali Krishna, IAS, CEO, D-SAG, Gandhinagar, Mr. R.S. Ninama, IAS, Project Administrator, TSP Narmada, Mr. B.K. Patel, Schaeffler India – Senior Executive – CSR – Mr. Bilal Kazi, District Planning Officer, senior personnel from Narmada and Tapi districts, BAIF Programme Director (Programmes), Dr. Rajashree Joshi, Chief Programme Executive, Mr. Jayanti Mori, BISLD Gujarat and other senior officials from BAIF Pune and BISLD Gujarat.
The Secretary, MoTA, appreciated the work of BAIF in holistic development and especially in the areas of sustainable agriculture, natural resources management, convergence and skill-based training. He also interacted with the farmers, women and youth of the village to learn about their progress and the problems encountered by the villagers. He also visited Dabka village to observe the functioning of solar-based water pumps for irrigation and interacted with the farmers about the scope of the watershed development programme in sustainable management of natural resources. The visitors also took keen interest in understanding the initiatives taken up by BAIF in agro-biodiversity conservation and the practices of traditional healers in tribal areas.