Some government departments have done a satisfactory job but there is a lot that has to be still done and that is what the people are saying!
And that is what the people are hoping for. Already we have provided plenty of information about a dozen of villages where development is required and this is yet another one that has made its presence felt although it is much better poised than the other ones.
Self-reliance is a great word and this village is since they follow a routine but in the modern day world dependency too is part of living life and they are dependent on the administration because it is supposedly there to help them out.
Not that the administration is not sitting hand in hand but there is a lack of punch in the drives and initiatives that have been taken, especially so in Surankote. Many of the projects did start but never got completed and this is a fact.
Most have gone on to say that we dwell within a system so large and widespread, but disorganised and unconcerned for anyone. Our powerlessness springs from the fact that our demands and complaints mostly fall on the deaf ears and hence we resign to the same old sulking and brooding parameters.
I have been to many villages in Surankote Sub Division and I have not forgotten to have a beautiful breakfast in a countryside village? That is because it is served with such innocence but I have also not forgotten their problems and thus I do make an effort through my writings for the information of the district action. This one is about the village Mahra.
If you talk to the young men in the countryside of the subdivision the unanimous verdict of the young and growing is, we live, all of us, in sprung rhythm. Even in cities, folk stir without knowing it to the surge in the blood that is the surge and urgency of the season. In being born, we have taken to the lap of the natural world, and as ever, it is the land which owns us, not we, the land. Even in the countryside, we dwell suspended between the rhythms of earth and season, weather and sky, and those imposed by clocks at home. But we also want to get going in various fields. We know that we have to struggle in this competitive world but we should have the basic facilities which at the moment are missing. But even with these drawbacks we have to get going lest we would be left behind. Brave words indeed but there are inherent problems in Mahar and they are all concerned with the development. It looks like it is here but on the second look it’s not!
The young kids are very proud of their village despite all the shortcomings and this may be because they grew up here in the laps of the hills with nature guarding them. That is why they are unanimous, here you’ll find the place I love most in the world. The place where I grew thin from dreaming. My village, rising from the plain. Shaded with trees and leaves like a piggy bank filled with memories. You’ll see why a person would want to live here forever. Dawn, morning, mid-day, night: all the same, except for the changes in the air. The air changes the color of things there. And life whirls by as quiet as a murmur, the pure murmuring of life. To be honest I was perplexed to see the kids so exuberant and full of robustness but the elders had a different idea.
I spoke to the Sarpanch here. The name Khalid Hussain Mughal. All the questions I asked were centered around development and this is what he had to say:
We want basic facilities, a coordinated and a strong policy of the administration and over and above the urgent need of the completion of the developmental works initiated.
For decades surface communications have been a problem here. The road is there but it has been ill maintained. If the PWD (E&B) Department over indulges here the problem can be sorted out but they have shown no inclination to do so, which in fact is a pity.
Power supply lines have been laid from house to house and water supply pipes too have been laid. But the problems are paying the power and the water bills.
Most of the people living here below the poverty line category (BPL) and thus cannot pay the exorbitant end of the month bills. The sum gets accumulated and that becomes all the more burdensome. If a survey is carried out regarding the income of the people everything would be clear.
Mughal did say that the health center does exist and is fully functioning with a satisfactory quantity of medicines available. The people are happy as regards this.
As regards the global epidemic, 80% of the locals over the age of 45 have been vaccinated. Panchayat representatives Anganwadi Workers Ashawarkars Rural Development and Department of Health and Education besides media and social media have been playing a key role by making the people aware. The Army too has been providing all the existence on almost every front. We really are fortunate to have the Indian Army around as they are icons of confidence as far our daily lives go.
One regret is the teaching staff in the educational institutions which we have in the village.
He also mentioned that cooperative centers are functioning very well.
Others who were along with Khalid included elders of the village like Master Muhammad Rafiq Mughal, Muhammad Yasir Mughal, Shaukat Mughal. They all expressed their gratitude to the former Chief Engineer Abdul Hameed, former MLA Surankote Chaudhry Muhammad Akram, officials of the Forest Department and the concerned road agency and government for the existence of this road which now requires maintenance.
Well what I got was a mixed bag as the Sarpanch rattled out the above.
So that was my visit to Mahra village, while leaving, I just had one look at the village and I thought, the heavens might have streets of gold, but this entire village is covered in it. Amber sunlight is everywhere, glowing off of the walls of the houses painted in different hues, reflecting from the windows, even hanging in the dust. Sunlight, apparently, smells like slightly overripe fruit here and that’s the feeling you get here!