Kaluram Salvi, 40

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Photo: Vijay Pandey

MODEL SARPANCH

By Vijay Pandey

Kaluram Salvi, 40, of Vijaypura village in Rajasthan has set an example by using the powerful Right to Information Act to stop corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Salvi is a Dalit who was elected sarpanch in 2005, spending just Rs. 700 on campaigning. In 2008, MGNREGA work began in his panchayat. Salvi, who is also a member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, ensured transparency in MGNREGA by painting the details of the work on the walls of the panchayat office. These included information regarding work sanctioned, families to whom work was provided and all expenditure details. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was so impressed by the idea that he ordered the authorities to follow the system across the state. “We have provided 100 percent employment to our villagers, whereas the state average is only 70 percent,” claims Salvi. MGNREGA has been successful only when there is transparency and it goes handin- hand with RTI. Since last year, Vijaypura panchayat has been reserved for women and Salvi’s wife Rukmani Devi is now the sarpanch. She is continuing her husband’s good work.

We’ve provided 100 percent employment to our villagers’

Salvi may be reached at +91 97997 80539

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