A man of action and experience, Popatrao Pawar describes his efforts to develop a village community in a state of disrepair into a model of modernity and small-scale self sufficiency. He offers invaluable perspectives on achieving public and government cooperation to improve living quality and conditions by means of smart incentivising tactics and collective branding.
Popatrao Pawar is the Sarpanch of Hiware Bazar, a gram panchayat in Maharashtra. He is credited with the transformation of the village from an impoverished one into a model of development that the government of Maharashtra wishes to implement across the state. It is a successful reproduction of Anna Hazare’s Ralegaon Siddhi model of village development. He was featured in an India Today cover as the person who demonstrated how rural water resources could be reviewed. With him as Sarpanch, the Hiware Bazar gram panchayat won the first National Award for community led water conservation in 2007.
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