Chikli: headquarters without amenities

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DEPLORABLE: The road leading to Chikli.
DEPLORABLE: The road leading to Chikli.

Rishikesh Bahadur Desai

Bidar:Chikli, in Aurad taluk, is the gram panchayat headquarters. But the village, which borders Maharashtra, does not have even the basic amenities.

The road leading to Chikli from Aurad is almost non-existent, and officials don't use the road to reach the village. From Aurad they cross the border into Maharashtra and then come to Chikli.

Earlier, there were four buses plying to the village every day. Now the North-East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation has reduced the number of buses to one, citing non-motorable roads as the reason.

The gram panchayat does not have a building for its office any more. The gram panchayat secretary keeps all the records in a bag. "He is the office," says gram panchayat president M. Gulam Dastagir. The building that used to be the panchayat office, collapsed within six years of its construction. "Only one wall remains," says Mr. Dastagir.

The conditions in the four villages and eight wadis and tandas that are part of the gram panchayat are no different, he says.

A resident of the village, Chandraiah Swamy, says Chikli does not have piped water supply. "We do not even have a mini-irrigation scheme. A borewell drilled by the Government has gone dry. Women and girls have to carry water from a well that is nearly 3 km from the village," he says.

According to Dhondiba Pandurang, a farmer, the nearest hospital is in Dabka village. "We rush snakebite victims and pregnant women to the hospital on bullock carts," he says.

The Government had sanctioned an anganwadi for the village. But it was closed because there was no suitable building. There is a primary school in Chikli. But three of the five teacher posts are vacant. Some parents have complained to the zilla panchayat that the midday meal programme is irregular.

Galangalappa, a farmer, says that the problem is that most of the bright boys from the village have relocated. "Leaders like Chandrashekar Bhosle, who was MLA from Udgir in Maharashtra, and Rajeshwar Nitture, a former president of the Udgir City Municipal Council, are from Chikli. But now, not many of our boys are in government service. I remember only two who completed their education and became clerks," he says.

This septuagenarian feels that the Government should do something to give jobs to the talented in their own village.

Asked about the conditions in the village, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, MLA, said he would try and get the Government to sanction a special package for the village.

"We will solve all its problems within two years," he said.

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