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UP NRI Diwas: Villages up for adoption for foreign guests

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Agra: NRI guests coming for Uttar Pradesh’s first-ever NRI Diwas in early January will be taking responsibility of a particular village from a list provided and look after its development.

Officials said that those villages from Agra and other districts will be shortlisted which have potential to be good tourist destinations, have proper road connectivity, and are aware of sanitation and hygiene issues.

Two US presidents in the past adopted a couple of villages from the Agra district, which consequently showed a significant rise in developmental projects. Laramda was adopted by President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1959, while Bill Clinton picked up Barara in 2000.

The NRI Diwas will be conducted at a city hotel from January 4 to 6, 2016. Around 100 visitors from 25 countries are expected to take part in it.

“All efforts are being made to make it a grand and successful event,” said additional district magistrate (protocol) Arun Kumar to TOI.

The event, which is to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will see the felicitation of 10 foreign guests for their commendable work.

A presentation would be made on the second day of the meet, highlighting the various schemes of the state government. Officials said that this would be done to encourage the NRIs to invest in the state.

For January 6, the last day of the meet, trips to tourist spots in the vicinity such as the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri have been scheduled. (image:daanfoundation.org)

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Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Project: 51 NRIs Help Tribal Village Kothavalasa in Developing a Space Fostering Sports Facilities

Sports Facility for a tribal village has been inaugurated by AP Janmabhoomi project which involves contribution of 51 NRIs

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AP Janmabhoomi rural project.

Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27, 2017: Kothavalasa, a tribal village near Araku saw an influx of sporting enthusiasts wailing and whistling in joy as a result of the ‘Tribal Development Project’ that got executed in less than 20 days.

With a vision to bridge NRIs to their native land, India’s Sunrise State, AP Janmabhoomi has spread its wings by launching various campaigns revolving around the holistic development of the rural public. AP Janmabhoomi’s prime focus areas include creating – Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centres & Crematoriums.

Before leveling the land
Girls playing throwball after leveling the land

Kothavalasa, of Dumbriguda Mandal, Vishakhapatnam District happened to be their first integrated Tribal Development Project. The Special Representative for North America, the team that is actively involved in this mission, after pondering upon various ways to impact the lives of the rural public came up with an offbeat approach.

According to the team, for any community to move forward, they need to stay united and what better than sports can teach people to stay united. Creating a sports facility is not an easy task, and it needs a lot of resources, especially money.

In alignment with their vision of involving NRIs in the overall gamut – AP Janmabhoomi, kicked off a fundraiser
campaign and has collected a sum of almost 1,30,000 rupees in just five days. It should be noted that the whole fundraising was carried on the official website of AP Janmabhoomi, where 51 NRIs from various parts of the globe have participated. During the team’s physical inspection to the site, they’ve partnered with ThinkPeace, an NGO which has already been impacting the people living there for more than 5 years till now. As part of their integrated Tribal Development Project, AP Janmabhoomi also donated an amount of Rs. 3,00,000 for the construction of an Anganwadi school.

Distributing sports equipment

Shri Sarveshwar Rao, MLA of Araku and Shri Ravi Subhash, I.A.S graced the inauguration ceremony with their presence
and distributed the sports equipment which is set to unite and empower the youth and children of tribal villages around Kothavalasa. The equipment included outdoor sports equipment like volleyball, throw ball and cricket kits. The indoor equipment included table tennis, carom boards, and chessboards. A tournament named after the great freedom fighter, Shri Alluri Sitaramaju, was organized in the ground which saw participants from 12 Mandals.

Also Read: NRI School Connect Campaign- A new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP 

The AP Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, currently heading the social initiative,
believes that all the NRIs share a common will to help
their native land.