Himanshu Patel: The man behind the change


Punsari village barely 100km from Ahmedabad is a pure case of development. Closed-circuit cameras, water purifying plants, air-conditioned schools, Wi-Fi, biometric machines – the village has it all. With mere 16cores.

The master mind behind all the development is a young 31year old Sarpanch Himanshu patel.A graduate from North Gujarat University, Mr Patel had won the panchayat polls in 2006, at the age of 23.


At that time the village dint even have proper roads, power or water. The panchayat funds were insufficient.Mr Patel found that it was not money that was at problem but the utilization point. Over the next eight years, together with the district administration, he stitched up funds from under various heads – the District Planning Commission, Backward Regional Grant Fund, 12th Finance Commission, and those under Self Help Group Yojnas – and began the development of the village. We have managed to attract more children,” said teacher Narendra Jhala.  Vidya Patel, a student of Class 7, thinks learning is fun. “The audio visual presentations make it easier to remember our lessons,” she said.