Friday, April 22, 2011

Popatrao Pawar



Popatrao Pawar

A messiah of the people of Hiware Bazar, Popatrao Bajugi Pawar traversed a long and checkered path in making his village an ‘Adarsh gaon’, a unique model based on the twin principles of self governance and self reliance.
Popatrao Baguji Pawar left Hiware Bazar as a teenager to pursue higher education in the city of Ahmadnagar. He completed his Masters’ degree in Commerce from the New Arts and Science College, Ahmednagar University. Apart from academics, he also dabbled in many extra – curricular activities. He was an avid sportsman and participated in both state national level Cricket tournaments.
Inspired greatly by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Jayprakash Narayan, Anna Hazare, Vinoba Bhave and Baba Amte, he was driven by a deep desire to save his village from desolation and isolation. He returned to his village on the insistence of his friends and family members where he embarked upon a comprehensive development program.
Thus begun the journey of this young determined leader who worked tirelessly for the prosperity of his village.
He was elected unanimously as sarpanch of the village panchayat in 1990, following which he convened a gram sabha which had been conspicuous by its absence for many years. Key issues were identified and prevalent socio – economic problems were addressed in this annual village panchayat meeting. He was instrumental in the formation of the Yashwant Agriculture and Water Deployment Trust and in its integration with the state level developmental program, the Adarsh Gram Yojana (AGY).
Since then, there has been no looking back for this dynamic and suave leader whose has to a phenomenal extent fulfilled the dreams and aspirations of his people. Today, he is a role model for all the panchayat leaders of the state of Maharashtra. He is also associated with important national and state level committees: he is the Chairman of the Samrudh Goan Sakalpa va Prakalp Samiti (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member of the Employment Guarantee Punarvilokan Committee, (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member of the Information Rights Board, Nashik region, a member of the Watershed Committee (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member of the Watershed Executive Committee (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member, EGS Committee (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member of the Planning Commission (Govt. of Maharashtra), a member of the Jalswarajya project, Maharashtra state, a member of the NSS Committee, Govt. of Maharashtra, a member of CAPART, Govt. of India, an Expert Guide, Rural Development Committee, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. (put these in bullet points if u like)
He has won numerous honours and awards like the Ideal Village & Best leader Award-1998, Sahyadri Bhushan Award-2001, Comrade Sahane Master Award-2002, Adarsh Sarpanch State level Award-2002 , Maharashtra Foundation Award (America)-2004 , Mahavir & Mahatma Award-2005 and Phule-Ambedkar Award-2005, to name a few.

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10 comments:

  1. Hello, We are a group of students from Mumbai working together to improve the lives of people in two villages - Kumbhalgarh and Hassachipatti in Maharashtra

    We are very inspired to meet with Mr. Pawar and get ideas about how we can can improve our efficacy.

    I request if you could please let us know how we could contact Mr Pawar - if you could please share any phone number or e-mail address we would be greatly obliged

    Please reply at abhimanyu.vasishth@gmail.com or 98206 15016

    Thank you

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  2. Good work sir, your works its required work.

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  3. Hello, We are from Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation!!!

    We are promoting Social Tourism in Maharashtra, in regards to it please let us know the contact details & email address of Mr. Pawar to contact.

    Please reply on :
    Rujuta Joshi : 8879222090 - ( deeptanawade.mtdc@gmail.com)

    Samit Chavan : 8879222088 - ( samitchavan.mtdc@gmail.com)

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  4. This is Vishal kumar, Student of IIT bombay college.
    Can you please send contact details of Mr, Pawar to me, I need to Invite him to our social festival.
    My mail id : vrinsan@gmail.com
    Contact: 8879346174

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  5. I M RAJU LOKHANDE (FOUNDER SECRETARY OF SWAMI VIVEKANAND PRATISHTAN DHAVAL,TAL-PHALTAN.DIST-SATARA....CAN U PLEASE SEND ME DETAILS PAWAR SIR..CONTACT NO AND EMAIL ID ,I WIL INVITE HIM TO MY SOCIAL PROGRAME.....MY EMAIL-rajulokhande210@gmail.com...mobile no-8691923434

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  6. We are a group of students and teachers from "Cluster Innovation Center" University Of Delhi. Inspired by the success stories of Hiware Bazar, we are working on a project to study the development model of Hiware Bazar in order to create templates to be replicated in some selected villages in Uttar Pradesh for bringing about transformation in required spheres. For this, we would be visiting Hiware Bazar and the nearby villageS such as Ralegan siddhi in early June 2014 for about 10-15 days. In this context i would request you to provide contacts (email , phone) of Pawar saheb and also guide us for us our stay and visits.
    kindly respond to
    Dr. Vikash Kumar Verma
    email id - vikasvermadu@gmail.com
    Niket Sagar
    email id - niketsagar94@gmail.com

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  7. We are a group of students and teachers from "Cluster Innovation Center" University Of Delhi. Inspired by the success stories of Hiware Bazar, we are working on a project to study the development model of Hiware Bazar in order to create templates to be replicated in some selected villages in Uttar Pradesh for bringing about transformation in required spheres. For this, we would be visiting Hiware Bazar and the nearby villageS such as Ralegan siddhi in early June 2014 for about 10-15 days. In this context i would request you to provide contacts (email , phone) of Pawar saheb and also guide us for us our stay and visits.
    kindly respond to

    Niket Sagar
    email id - niketsagar94@gmail.com
    Phone no.- +91-9540875237

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  8. Conservation Wildlands Trust is a philanthropic trust working in the Pench Tiger Reserve, M.P. and Maharashtra.

    We wish to contact Pawarji for a project that we are running. We would really appreciate it if you could share his contact details with us.

    Thank you very much
    Pooja Choksi

    E: pooja@conservationwildlands.org
    T: 66154598

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  9. We are a group of students with our teacher from 'Government College Of Engineering, Aurangabad'. We wish to visit 'Hivare Bazar' and meet Pawar Sir to share his ideas and getting valuable guidance for our project. So, please share contact details with us.
    Thank you very much.

    Manisha Kathar
    Email ID:- manishakathar1@gmail.com

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