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Village resources

There is no government run healthcare facility in the village. Till a
couple of decades ago, there was a government sponsored doctor
who would visit the village once a week to tend to the patients.
However, residents of this village felt that the healthcare facility then
provided was insufficient and inefficient. As a consequence, that
particular facility was ceased but never replaced.

However, the healthcare requirements of this village are taken care of
by Sahibzada Ajit Singh Educational Society’s Memorial Charitable Trust
which runs a free healthcare facility called Sahibzada Ajit Singh Free
Poly Clinic. This clinic is open five days a week and provides free check
ups and medicines. There are a free tests available including ECG, X-
ray, Ultrasound, Blood Test and Eye test. The doctors are Dr. M.L.Kataria,
Smt. Harpreet Kaur Bhullar and Dr. Manmohan Singh.

This trust runs biannual eye camps. This camp provides free cataract
preations and lenses.

“On an average, we do around 250 eye check ups and 50 – 60
operations per camp”
Dr. M.L. Kataria


There are two primary schools in the village – one each in Chhoti
Parachh and Badi Parachh. There is only one secondary school,
located in Badi Parachh. All the children study till their tenth standard in
these schools. There is no prvision for senior secondary school in Parach,
thus for completion of eleventh and twelfth standard, it is inevitable for
the students to join a school elsewhere. Usually, students join schools in
the adjoining larger villages like Mullapur and Saharanpur or the
adjoining city of Chandigarh.

“I like my school. I like to play
cricket and participate in
drawing classes.”

“School is fun. But I wish it was
English medium.”


Agriculture is the dominant profession in Parachh. Farming is widely
practiced by the people of this village. Almost every household has a
piece of land in the vicinity, which is used for growing crops. Usually,
farming is practiced on self-owned lands. However, in some cases,
there exist contracts between the farmers and the landowners. The
produce is split in half, with each half going to one of the two

The summer crop is kanak (wheat) and the crops commonly grown
during winter are Jowar, Maize and Bajra. The produce is mostly sold at
Chandigarh crop market. The profit earned per season is somewhere
around Rs. 15000 per acre.

Another profession is dairy farming. Verka Dairy Plant in Chandigarh
usually buys the produce of this.

Apart from agriculture, the second most common profession is a job in
the government or private sector. Government jobs are preferred over
the private ones. However, those who do not succeed at getting the
former, settle for the latter. Again, Chandigarh is the work station for
both the types of jobs.

There are very few people in Parachh who do not practice any of the
above professions. Some of them are members of the Indian military,
few are teachers and others engage in menial jobs in the surrounding

“ It is a very common practice for
people to pursue an additional
profession along with crop farming.
One usual combination is that of
agriculture with dairy farming.
Another is doing a government or
private job along with agriculture.”

Jasmer Singh
38, Farmer

Post Office

There is no post office in Parachh.

The deliversy system is such that the mails addressed to the residents
are delivered to their houses. But if the residents wish to send a mail,
they have to go to the post offices in the neighboring areas.