Sagar (Madhya Pradesh): Till some years back, the residents of Khjera Mafi village in the district had to trudge miles for arranging water to drink. However, now they get water 24 hours a day, thanks to Munnalal Mishra, a village resident and a retired army soldier.
Mishra has invested all the money he received after his retirement for laying a 2,000-metre pipeline. Along with this, he also donated a grain grinder, two tractors, and an ambulance to the village. All these are available to the people for free. The village Sarpanch Krishna Murari has also joined Munnalal in helping the village become a better place to live in.
Bus for pilgrimage
Khejra’s residents are also running Janani Express (an ambulance service for pregnant women) and Tirtha Darshan (pilgrimage) schemes on their own. When Munnalal planned to take his parents on a pilgrimage, they were joined by many of the village elders as well. Munnalal bought a bus and started a pilgrimage service for all the interested people of the village. The villagers went to the Mahakumbh in Ujjain on the same bus. Munnalal also takes the elderly residents of the village to the Narmada river for a holy dip every Amavasya and Purnima.
Illegal liquor banished
Along with meeting the needs of the village, the villagers have imposed a liquor ban, which keeps illegal liquor out of the village. Gambling has also been completely banned. The villagers impose these bans with mutual cooperation. If a person is found to be involved in these activities, the villages themselves take action against him. Many such persons have been apprehended by the villagers and handed over to the police.