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UP Village Boycotts Independence Day Celebrations Citing Lack Of Development

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| August 15 , 2017 , 12:13 IST

On a day when the entire nation celebrates their patriotism on Independence Day falling on August 15, one village in the Mailani area in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri district has refused to celebrate Independence Day as they feel no development has happened in their village even 70 years after independence.

The Choudhipur village in Mailani area has no electrification and the roads are in a bad condition. Since most of the houses still do not have toilets, villagers are forced to defecate in the open. Riddled with poverty, most of the villagers are dependent on the forest or on daily labour for their livelihood.

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Settled in 1923, the village is the residence for around 80 families, mostly belonging to backward classes. While electricity connections reached the neighbouring villages years ago, Choudhipur remains in the dark. Despite its population, there are only 4 toilets in the entire village.

"My ancestors helped settle Choudhipur. However, it has been 70 years since Independence and there has not been the slightest difference in our lives. We live in the same poverty we used to. What is the use of independence? So we have decided that we have had enough and we will not celebrate Independence Day this time," said resident Gulab Singh.

"If any officials remember us and turn up here on August 15 to ask why we are not celebrating with the rest of the country, we will tell them to take a look around and see how we live," said Ram Swarup, another resident.

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"We lag behind in the most basic amenities that villages are supposed to have. We live in constant terror of attack by wild animals. Nobody wants to visit the village because of the terrible roads, and our women are still waiting for toilets from the government. A handful of families have solar-powered lights, but not everyone can buy them," a resident Ghanshyam said to TOI.

Choudhipur pradhan Virendra Kumar said, "Electrification has been completed in 41 villages nearby that come under Bankeganj gram panchayat. Only we have been left out. We keep getting told that electricity will come here soon."

"Choudhipur village has been selected under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and electrification will be completed in the second phase," power department executive engineer Umesh Chandra Sonkar was quoted as saying.