Despite having hung his cricketing boots, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar still rules the roost among the cricket fans in this village of Andhra Pradesh. The reverence for Sachin among all the inhabitants comes for a reason entirely different from what he has achieved in the gentlemen’s game.

Each and every individual from Nernoor village owes his prosperity and growth to Sachin and keeps a picture of him posted on the outer wall of the house and the house number is written just below the picture of the cricketing God.

Sachin on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had adopted this village Nernoor in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and the village has transformed in last 11 months. Nellore joint collector Md Imtiaz revealed this while taking part in the national seminar took place in Bhopal on Member of Parliament Model Village scheme of the central government.

 

A budget of Rs 6 crore has been spent for turning the Nernoor village into a model one, said Imtiaz, adding that the cricketing legend contributed with Rs 2 crore from his MP’s fund while Rs 4 crore were polled from other government schemes.

The bureaucrat said that there are two panchayats –Puttamraju Kandriga and Gopalpalli-which houses population of around 1900 and Sachin, an MP of the Upper House in parliament plans to ensure that the population receives round-the-clock water and power supply.

Till recently the village women were forced to fetch water from far off places but these days each and every household has the water supply of its own. The all around development has prompted the 100 youths who had migrated to other places in search of work for returning to their native place and the village panchayat has offered them the employment immediately.

In order to enhance village’s income, horticulture project has been initiated on the 25-acre area in the village and locals are encouraged for fishing so as to increase per capita income.