Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar said on Saturday that the state government of Bihar has launched several programs to make ‘Smart Villages’ in the state so that the people of the village do not need to move to the cities. But the question is that how could a city made ‘smart’ with a “meager” sum of Rs 500 crore.
In the challenge of transforming rural India, the Centre has selected 60 villages in three districts of Rajgarh, Sehore, and Satna to develop as ‘Smart Villages’ under the most ambitious smart cities project. For the development of these smart villages, the NDA government will provide funds for specific development. In this smart villages development, each village will get Rs. 25 crore.
100 smart cities mission an initiative of Indian government seems to be on its peak and there seems to be no problem. After these 100 smart cities mission the next step of the government is to built 132 smart villages in the year 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concept of adarsh gram have been picked up by human resource development ministry. With IITs, including Madras, Bombay, Kanpur, Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati and Kharagpur, having a rural technology action groups in place, the HRD ministry has asked institutions to adopt villages under PM’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
IIT Delhi has been picked up as the nodal agency for coordinating the project. 125 government funded institutions, including IITs, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and Central Universities will be involved in the project.
“Cluster of villages will be chosen and developed with science and technology intervention. Ideas related to management skills at local level, skill development, perspective economic plan, language preservation and technological intervention will be coopted to make a smart village,” said a member of the committee.
Attending an inaugural function NGO Swarna Bharath Trust Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said villages should be developed on par with the chosen 100 Smart Cities to be completely self-reliant by 2020.
“We understand that only Smart Cities won’t help, thus we have embarked on to make our villages smart as well,” said Singh, adding that not just the Government, but the participation of Non-Governmental Organisations are also important in this regard.
Speaking at the inaugural function NGO Swarna Bharath Trust here, Singh said: “It won’t be wrong to say that connectivity revolution in independent India was brought by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji.”
“We are identifying 300 model villages that will be transformed into Smart Villages. Private participation is required to fill the resource gap”, he observed.
Mr. Rajnath Singh said the nationalization of banks in 1969 was considered a turning point but its purpose was not served as a huge number of people did not have bank accounts.