Iconic cricketer and ‘Bharat Ratna’ Sachin Tendulkar has often been in the news for wrong reasons ever since he retired from the game and became a member of the upper house Rajya Sabha. Right fom remaining absent from the parliament to pitching for a builder friend, the legendary batsman has hit the headlines for negative reasons. But a recent development related to the cricketer-turned MP can bring smiles not just on his fans’ face, but also to the thousands of people who reside in the drought-hit region of Maharashtra. ALSO READ: Mike Hussey to captain, while Sachin Tendulkar to bat at no. 7 in Graham Onions’ All-Time XI.
According to an IANS report, the master blaster has decided to adopt a village from Maharashtra’s drought-prone region. The village Donja, which is around 95 kms away from Osmanabad, is a typical Indian village with poor roads, lack of healthcare facilities, water shortage and joblessness among the people. But with Tendulkar coming forward with his support to the village, things are expected to change soon.
Tendulkar has apparently selected the village for development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ (SAGY). As a part of this project, different MP’s are adopting villages for developing them. The former cricketer’s team of advisors along with government officials had made a study visit to the old village recently and prepared a detailed report before he shortlisted it for adoption.