Tikamgarh is located in Bundelkhand, on the border UP and MP. On the banks of river Betwa, surrounded by Jhansi and Lalitpur district.
Historically it belongs to Orcha Kingdom. Post-independence it has not seen any light of development at all. I lived most of my childhood in Gwalior which is also part of Budelkhand area and I have heard and read a lot about Bundelkhand and its issue.
During 2012 my father, a central government employee, got posted in Lalitpur district, since then I have been regularly visiting that area. It had road connectivity from Jhansi and Lalitpur not to mention that all those roads were built during Vajpayee’s time. All the unfinished parts of the road were still unfinished after two terms of UPA. Most of the people from Tikamgarh area were mostly self-employed or used to travel to Jhansi and surrounding area for work. Agriculture was also not very
profitable due to much dependency on monsoon and quality of soil in the area.
During the run upto 2014 election I was living there and saw much hope from the people of Bundelkhand in Modi. Post-election Bundelkhand was given special attention. All the road work which was pending for over decade resumed. Most of the villages got connected to electricity, which increased the livelihood of the people
and increased the local business.
Tikamgarh and surrounded area are dominated by backward people who were forever dependent on the wood-fire for cooking. Under the Central Government’s Ujjawala Yojna, almost all the villagers were provided with LPG gas for cooking. It empowers women and protect their health. Now women are staying at home for longer chullas. Women are now working at local business and contributing economically. The scheme also providing rural employment to youth in supply chain of LPG.
The Wire, which is a left ideology propaganda website, is facing existential crisis after two of its senior leaders have been alleged of sexual harassment. The Wire in its article tried to belittle such a big scheme but exposed himself of being anti-poor. In an attempt to discredit the govt work, The Wire told its readers that the Ujjwala Scheme has penetrated to the bottom most level of people in terms of economy.
It is very evident how few years back news of farmer suicide from Budelkhand was very common. But this has changed rapidly and such news are very rare now. Slowly the area is heading towards betterment with better road connectivity, improving irrigation by Betwa river and new mines coming up in area. I recently visited the area and changes were very clear on the grounds.
Earlier there was no bus service after 5pm from Jhansi, but now the bus services are available throughout the day.
The Law and Order has improved. Large number of commercial vehicle on the roads were clear sign of changing things. PM has also announced a Rs20,000 Crore defence corridor in Bundelkhand. Also, UP
government has planned to extend Yamuna Express way till Bundelkhand to attract tourism.