PUNE: The Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (MVSTF), a joint initiative by the State government, corporates and philanthropists to transform 1,000 villages, announced that it is expanding to seven new districts including three villages in Junnar taluka of Pune.
MVSTF has currently reached 584 villages to bring in transformation in agriculture productivity, digital connectivity, housing facility, water security, health, education, skill development and environment.
Speaking about the progress of MVSTF, Ramnath Subramaniam, CEO of MVSTF, said that 120 new Chief Minister Rural Development Fellows (CMRDF) were recruited recently, taking the total strength of CMRDFs to 250. “CMRDFs will act like catalysts for development of these villages. These fellows are provided a month-long training and then are asked to stay in a particular village. They collect data of various social parameters and then work with the collector and gram sabha on different issues for development of the village. MVSTF helps in providing some funds to a particular village for development and the village also receives funds from government bodies under different development schemes. The fellows coordinate with all government bodies to get development work done,” added Subramaniam.
In Pune’s Junnar taluka, Bori Budruk, Vadgaon Kadali and Kalewadi will be taken up for development by MVSTF. Speaking on success stories of rural villages with the help of MVSTF, Subramaniam said that at many places people were living in kuccha houses and funds were provided to these people to build pakka houses. “MVSTF is acting like a coordinating body. If the development can be done using government funds, we see to it that funds are routed to the needful. If there is no provision of funds from government schemes, then MVSTF routes funds to the villages. About 17 corporate bodies have joined MVSTF till now,” added Subramaniam.
Speaking on the preference while allocating funds for different initiatives, Subramaniam said that local gram panchayats and the CMRDF request funds, which are allocated by MVSTF to the gram sabha and details are maintained by MVSTF. MVSTF is also working in Aurangabad, Beed, Nanded, Parbhani, Nandurbar, Amravati, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Wardha and Raigad districts.