Tandoo Somroo: A village in Sindh sets a precedent of good governance and self-rule
- The local administrative committee ensures the 100 enrollment of the schools and the computer lab of local school presents an overview of any modern and well-equipped computer lab.
- Not only education but the local health facility is also managed on public-private partnerships.
- Villagers don’t let the garbage to lie in the streets. It has its own security system as well.
Public accountability, transparency, abidance by the rule of law, equity and improved living conditions sets the path for good governance and Tandoo Somroo village of Pakistan has set a precedent for many across the society to live with their own model of good governance with least dependence on government machinery.
The village that comprises around 8,000 people holds a place in the Sindh province and its people have established their own revenue generation only through the volunteer participation by its residents.
The residents of Tandoo Somroo also seem aware of the utmost importance of sanitation and don’t let the garbage to lie in the streets. It has its own security system, probably built from the bitter experiences of the past, comprising 10 feet high walls all around the village that was constructed within 18 months at the cost of 20 million rupees.
Two security check posts are also synergistic to the improved security of the village as no one is allowed to enter the area without showing one’s identity. Reportedly, it was around 10 years back when the theft was committed in that village for the last time and the person who committed the theft was forced to leave the village as a gesture of accountability.
As far as the budgetary set-up for the village is concerned, the local administration of the village prepares the annual budget every year and people who live therein contribute at their own will.
The annual meeting of the committee is held to ensure the transparency and details of revenue expenses are presented before the people. Nizamani community contributes to a large proportion of annual funds.
Whenever one talks about excessive rains in Pakistan one can’t do away with the imagination of stagnant waters even when living in the major hubs of the country including Lahore, Karachi, etc but when you are in Tandoo Somroo the situation is not the same anymore mainly because the village has built an underground sewerage system.
All the water can be drained in a couple of minutes due to constant supervision of sewerage system within the village and its underground water drainage facility. Committees have been set up for the provision of facilities to the large population of nearly 8000.
Dustbins have been placed in every nook and corner of the streets, electric poles are covered with wooden boxes and electricity theft is even not allowed there. If someone is found responsible for the electricity theft he has to live without the electricity provision for almost 6 months alongside paying a fine of 25,000 PKR.
The literacy rate of Tandoo Somroo seems better when compared to the other rural habitats of the country. The local administrative committee ensures the 100 enrollment of the schools and the computer lab of local school presents an overview of any modern and well-equipped computer lab.
Not only education but the local health facility is also managed on public-private partnerships. The doctors are arranged privately to ensure the provision of health facility twenty-four by seven.
Above all the Asim Agricultural-Farm that ranks among the top forms of the country and is said to be among the forms where agricultural research is also done on the plants by the researchers. Mangoes, apples, and bananas are known as the dominant crops of this vast agricultural facility. The farmers who do well in farming are awarded the money prize, a turban, and a title in admiration of his performance.
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