| Mansapur in Rohtas district. Picture by Sanjay Choudhary |
Eighteen of a family has been contributing to the government to make their village special.
Mansapur, a revenue village, located under Kochas block in Rohtas, has inhabitants who belong to the same family.
A revenue village is a small administrative region with defined borders. One revenue village may contain many hamlets. The village administrative officer is the head of a revenue village.
Mansapur, around 145km west of Patna, contributes Rs 1,800 as revenue to the state exchequer per annum.
Spread over an area of about 250 acres, the village is perhaps the smallest in the state in terms of population and has been declared “crime free”. No incidents of crime have ever been reported to Dinara police station under whose jurisdiction the village falls.
Bihar has 45,103 revenue villages. The population density of the state is 1,106 people/sqkm, which is the highest in the country.
Mansapur village is also unique in the sense that it is the lone producer of a new variety of paddy named after the erstwhile Nepal king, Birendra. The paddy — Birendra Pushpa — the smallest in size, is in great demand in the region.
The village hogged the limelight with the recent demand of residents to set up a polling station to facilitate them to exercise their franchise during the 2014 elections. The village has just 12 electorates on its rolls.
“We have electricity, approach road, water supply but there is no polling booth. As a result, we have to cover a distance of over 3km to cast votes,” said former panchayat head Yashwant Raj Parmar.
Parmar, popularly called Pappuji, added that he has apprised the district authorities of providing facilities to the security forces and the polling personnel, if the demand of the residents of the revenue village was met.
“After all the family has 12 votes. The candidates of all political parties do visit us during the polls,” the 58-year-old said.
Parmar’s wife Pratigya was elected mukhiya (panchayat head) in 2006 after Chitaon panchayat was reserved for women. “The village boasts of cent per cent literacy despite no government school in the vicinity,” she said.
Among the 12 adults, four are graduates and the remaining “literate” too. The six minors are enrolled in different educational institutions.
Parmar said the husband-wife team always focused on the development of the panchayat’s other villages such as Dhelha, Indaur, Chitaon, Sodhi, Katiyara, Pancho Dehri, Badhori and Basodih “instead of developing their ancestral village”.
The family has donated land to the government to set up a veterinary hospital. Most of the residents under the panchayat are peasants, who also have a sizeable number of cattle.
“The veterinary hospital would benefit the residents,” Parmar added.
On the residents’ demand of setting up polling stations, the circle officer said he would apprise the district authorities of the demand.