After 34 years of serving the country, Subedar Major Bhagguram Maurya returned to his village and spent his Employee Provident Fund (EPF) money on the construction of a road.
Hailing from Rameshwar near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Bhagguram joined the engineering department of the Indian Army. He returned to his house in the Himarampur area of the village last December and saw that the road was in such bad condition that it was difficult to even ride a bicycle on it. This inspired him to forgo personal comforts and use his hard-earned PF money on something that would benefit everyone in the village.
After seven months of intense perseverance and with Rs 4 lakh of Bhagguram's money, the village finally has a road fit not just for riding two-wheelers but four-wheelers as well. The road is 10 feet broad and 1.5 km long.
However, Bhagguram says it was not an easy feat to achieve as the land on both sides of the road had become a part of the fields over the years. It was after three months and many discussions highlighting the advantages of his proposal that the village folks agreed.
Bhagguram received a lot of help from the Gram Pradhan, Vipin Kumar, who wishes to further work on making these roads permanent. This road has brought immense happiness to the villagers, who are greatly relieved at their commute from Babatpur to Rajatalab having been made easier.
Now, having exhausted his finances, Bhagguram has appealed to the concerned authorities to pave the road with interlocking tiles. Subedar Major Bhagguram Maurya has been honoured for his meritorious service by two former Indian presidents — once in 2002 by APJ Abdul Kalam and again in 2012 by Pranab Mukherjee.