After ten days of name change, the district administration removed the signboard stating that the rule for changing a village’s name was not followed.
21 July 2017
New Delhi, July 21: The residents of the Manora Village which is situated in Mewat district of Haryana claim that their village is losing its identity due to another village with the same near Hodal, in the same district about 30 kilometres away.
However, the village got a new identity last month when it was renamed to ‘Trump Village’.
Reports suggest that it has been named after the 45th President of USA to mark the friendship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump. The village was renamed on June 18 during an event organised by Sulabh International in the village.
“We are not changing the name, just giving it a nickname. This will attract government and private entities to the village and bring in development,” says Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh.
Earlier, Pathak said that the move to rename the village was aimed at encouraging businessmen to adopt villages in India to promote sanitation.
“If every businessman and NRI decides to adopt a village in India, we can see a turnaround. I hope more and more people will come forward to help for the cause of sanitation,” added Pathak.
He also expressed hope that the gesture would strengthen ties between the two nations.
As per a report by Indian Express, after ten days of name change, the district administration removed the signboard stating that the rule for changing a village’s name was not followed. Speaking to the paper, Deputy Commissioner Mani Ram Sharma said, “Permission was not sought before changing the name. As per the rulebook, this cannot be done.” However, as many as 140 families living in the village have stressed that they wanted to retain the new name. These families also believe that it has given them a new identity and a hope for development.
“Till about a month ago we had to go to the fields, but the government declared our village open defecation free last year without even scanning our village,” told a farmer to IE, adding, “the name of the village was changed at Sulabh event on June 18 and right after it the Sulabh authorities built toilets and skill centre for women.” A youngster told the paper that no one knew their village before but after giving a new name to it, people do recognise their native place.
As of now, the name of the village is Trump. In a letter penned by Sulabh International to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, it has requested to allow the name change. Pathak, said, “Marora just got a nickname that will fascinate private entities to develop the village.”
Besides construction of toilets, the villagers hope to get round the clock power supply. The young population of the village is happy seeing the name change as this will make their hometown appear on Google Maps.