Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, Nov 30: Taking forward the ambitious scheme launched by PM Narendra Modi, the former Mumbai Police Commissioner and BJP MP from Baghpat district Dr Satyapal Singh on Saturday, Nov 29 adopted a village in western Uttar Pradesh.
Under the "Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana" scheme, Dr Satyapal Singh adopted Palri village yesterday, the day which also coincided with his birthday.
While unveiling his development agenda for Palri, Dr Satyapal said, "In India, there will be no other village as developed as Palri."
He focused on the importance of education, better roads and hospital facilities.
He also told villagers to pledge that they will keep themselves aloof from evils like drug addiction and other bad habits.
He told them to maintain brotherhood and peace as well as not to embroil themselves in court-related legal cases.
On the issue of girls keeping mobile phones, Baghpat MP said that, "these days mobile phones have become a necessity, girls can keep mobile phones, but they should not take disadvantage of it."
The mega-even took place at Palri's Janta Inter College, where the enthusiastic locals also celebrated his birthday.
Dr Satyapal was accompanied by his wife Alka and other family members. They received a grand welcome with flowers, band and they also toured the village in a decorated buggy.
A huge yagna was also performed on the occasion.
Dr Satyapal Singh promised better education, roads and hospital facilities.
After serving as the Mumbai Police Commisionar for last 7 years and many years in Maharashtra as a senior police official, 59-year-old Dr Satapal Singh took another plunge in his career by joining politics in 2014. [Actor Sunny Deol holds roadshow for Satyapal Singh in Baghpat]
He successfully contested against RLD leader Ajit Singh in 2014 Lok Sabha elections by winning from Baghpat. [Satyapal Singh versus Ajit Singh]
Before the elections, he had said, "I am a cop. I like challenges. This is also where I was born and raised. It is in such a bad shape. To create order out of chaos is the job of a cop. I will do it."
More about Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan, PM Narendra Modi on October 11, 2014, had launched "Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana", as was promised in his maiden Independence Day speech.
He had said that if nearly 800 MPs develop three village each by 2016, around 2,500 villages will be covered in the country and the initiative will change the face of the country by chain reaction. [Modi's ambitious plan of making 'smart villages': Explained]
The Centre had recently extended the deadline by one more week for adopting villages under the plan. [Development model has to be demand-driven: Narendra Modi]
PM Narendra Modi, who had asked MPs to adopt a village each and develop it as a "model village", had adopted Jayapur village when he had visited his constituency Varanasi. [PM Modi adopts Jayapur village]
Former Army chief and BJP MP Gen (Rtd) VK Singh has adopted Mirpur Hindu village in Ghaziabad.
Non-BJP MPs who adopted villages
Congress Vice President and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi has adopted 'Deeh' in Jagdishpur block in Amethi and Congress President and Rae Bareli MP Sonia Ganghi has adopted Udwa from Jagatpur block in her constituency. [Sonia, Rahul Gandhi endorse Narendra Modi's scheme, adopt 2 villages]
Samajwadi Party chief and Azamgarh MP Mulayam Singh Yadav has not yet adopted any village, but his daughter-in-law and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav adopted Saeedpur village and nephew Tej Pratap Yadav adopted Sagamai village in Mainpuri under the programme.