Hyperlocal reporters win village panchayat elections

WHEN Arjun Pawara won the election for the post of sarpanch in the Dhadgaon block of Nandurbar district in Maharashtra in October this year, it was really no surprise.

Pawara is the face of the Aadiwasi Janjagruti, which makes  videos on development problems and gets them resolved. Thanks to their efforts, long-sought civic amenities have been provided such as a road and tubewells.

Five of his colleagues from the Aadiwasi Janjagruti were also elected ward councillors as people, grateful for being given a voice, now chose them as their representatives.

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