Belagavi: Dr Ashok Dalwai, is one of the close circle officers of the prime minister Narendra Modi, who is handling the charge as chairman of Modi’s close to heart scheme that is Doubling of Farmers Income (DFI), New Delhi. He is also the CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA).
It was a lifetime unforgettable and beautiful experience for Dr Dalwai in Raichur on 2nd December, during his visit on a private programme. People of Hunashyal Huda, 11kms from Raichur city,all of sudden met the officer and took him to their village. It was surprising to Dr Dalwai as he saw a pendal to felicitate him. There were people and guests waiting.
Actually, it was the village camp named after Dr Ashok Dalwai 20 years ago. The sudden incident took the officer to the two decades old back memories, the span he served as DC of Raichur district from 1997 to 1999. Hunashyal Huda village was facing a unique problem of land sinking, because of over irrigation of agriculture land.The people here grow paddy crop using the water of Tungabhadra river.
It was the black cotton soil which usually have higher water retention capacity. Due to continuing water retention,the land of public locality was sinking day by day and people were demanding for shifting the entire village. Dr Dalwai took the issue challengingly. By making constant correspondence with the state government authorities, he succeeded in getting approval for shifting of the village.
He identified the land just in 2kms distance from their agriculture lands, as it could be feasible to the villagers to go and cultivate their lands. This IAS office faced lot of hurdles while acquiring the land but he succeeded in his efforts. Villagers who knew the struggle of Dr Ashok Dalwai to shift them at a better place, named the shifted village after him. There are around 350 houses in the village.
Old people met the officer and get introduced themselves fondly and recalled old memories with him. Even young turks shook hands with him. Later, in a small pendal function, Dr Dalwai was felicitated by the villagers. Arvind Dalwai, a brother of the officer, speaking to the Today Breakings said, “it was an unforgettable and overwhelming moment for all of us family members”.
Dr Ashok Dalwai is from Koujalagi village in Mudalagi taluk, 92 kms from district headquarter Belagavi.