NIZAMABAD: Kandakurthi, one of the villages adopted by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, has a great cultural and spiritual history associated with it. Not only is it the place where Godavari river enters Telangana, it is the ancestral village of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar.
The ancestors of Hedgewar, fondly known as Doctor Ji by RSS functionaries, belonged to Kandakurthi village. Hedgewar’s family migrated to Maharastra and the RSS founder was born in Nagpur.
Kandakurthi is also considered important as Godavari river enters the state at this village. Harida and Manjira rivers join Godavari here, making it a Triven Sangamam.
The village was adopted by Kavitha in response to PM Narendra Modi’s call to each MP to adopt three villages under the Union government’s recently launched programme Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Under the programme, the MPs can adopt at least three villages where the population is not more than 5,000. These villages would be developed in the coming five years on all fronts.
The government plans to develop the villages by providing funds from Union rural development ministry, MPLADS and MGNRGES. The adopted villages would treated as ‘Adarsh’ villages and the first phase programme would be completed by the end of 2016.
During the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre earlier, the state government showed special interest in the village and Godavari Pushkaralu were organised in a big way in 2003 for the first time. The than chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited the village twice and announced several schemes, but they were not implemented.
The Nizamabad MP selected three villages in her constituency, two in Nizamabad district and another in Jagtial Assembly constituency in Karimnagar district.
Kandakurthi is 30 km from the district headquarters and comes under Renjal mandal. Its population mainly consists of minority community and the village lags on all fronts when it comes to development. Though Godavari river passes nearby, agriculture takes a back seat.
The state government is also planning to organise Godavari Pushkaralu in July 2015 on a grand scale.