Monday, October 17, 2011

Dull, backward 'Kollampally' changes its face

Source: News Bharati     

Karyakartas working in various fields share their experiences at the monthly meeting.

Kollampally village situated in Mahbubnagar (Palamoor)  district of Andhra Pradesh, that was once regarded as dull and backward like other villages, has now completely transformed into a rapidly developing one due to the efforts of Grammena Vikasa Parishad. The literacy rate has exponentially increased and people have started many self employment projects.

The speciality of this village is that it has a temple in every locality. Because of this, the village has over 30 temples. In addition to this, the temple of Banjara community’s deity is situated on the hill adjacent to the village.

In 1990, Grameen Vikasa Parishad initiated the work by establishing Keshav Shishu Mandir in the village. Economically backward students and children belonging to SC/ST category were mostly benefited by the move. Hundreds of backward class students study in this school at present. Many saplings have been planted and flowering plants have been cultivated in the school premises.

A saving scheme ‘Sri Vivekananda Grameena Podupu Sangham’ was initiated under which small amounts such as Rs 25, Rs 50 and Rs 100 were collected from the villagers. From this collected amount, economic assistance was provided to the villagers for setting up small self employment projects. Many people availed the benefit of this scheme and started earning their own bread. Nearly 90 per cent people also cleared the debt.

Aditya Village Development Committee was established for all round development of the village in the year 2000. A community building called ‘Aditya Village Service Bhavan’ has been built in which a night study centre is run along with free coaching classes for students who are weak in studies. A self employment training centre for girls and tailoring training centre also functions in the building. Various training courses are conducted at Hanuman temple located in the backward area of the village. A weekly meeting of women is also organized.

Village temples and roads are regularly cleaned. Karyakartas working in various fields share their experiences at the monthly meeting that is organized at Keshav Shishu Mandir. Various development works that are carried out in the village are reviewed in this meeting.

All these activities are now showing positive results. There has been a drastic change in the behavior of village youths, literacy rate has crossed the mark of 75 per cent, social harmony has increased, youths are always engaged in some creative work, many people have opened kumkum and incense sticks shops, many people have initiated shampoo manufacturing units and women have also entered into the field of self employment by establishing self help groups. This village, once regarded as undeveloped, is now making a remarkable progress in different sectors.


1) Grameena Vikasa Parishad
Kollampally, Tehsil Narayanpet
District Palamoor (Mahboobnagar)
Andhra Pradesh, India

2) Seva Bharati
House no 3-2-106, Nimboli Adda
Hyderabad, 500027
Andhra Pradesh, India

Mobile no: +91 9701226830

How to reach

Kollampally village is located at a distance of 74 km from Mahboobnagar (Palamoor) and is situated on Mahboobnagar-Narayanpet road.

By air: Nearest airport to Mahboobnagar is Hyderabad’s Rajeev Gandhi International Airport at a distance of 84 km.

By rail: Mahboobnagar railway station is connected to Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad through a wide rail network. Narayanpet Road railway station is situated on Mumbai- Chennai route.

By road: State Transport buses connect Mahboobnagar with other parts of Andhra Pradesh through a wide network of roads.

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