How dissent over caste, religion deprived a drought-hit village of Sachin Tendulkar's 1 crore fund

The villagers could not finalise the tendering process and as a result, did not receive the promised funds.

How dissent over caste, religion deprived a drought-hit village of Sachin Tendulkar's 1 crore fund

New Delhi: In order to help the drought-hit village of Wakala in Aurangabad, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar announced in 2014 that he would give Rs 1 crore from his Rajya Sabha MP fund.

According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror, the master blaster's office told the villagers to decide among themselves as to how they wanted to spend the money through a meeting and finalise the tender process.

The report further says that the villagers found themselves sharply divided in terms of caste, religion and political affiliation, as a result of which they could not reach a consensus.

They could not finalise the tendering process and as a result, did not receive the promised funds.

This story was brought to light in the report 'Drought of Marathwada to Become Story of Past', prepared by city-based think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF).  

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