Rs 5,000 Crore Plan Govt plans 300 clusters of ‘smart villages’

Under the plan, the state governments will identify the clusters in accordance with the framework for implementation prepared by the Ministry of Rural Development.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 17, 2015 4:34 am

In a bid to transform rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces, the Cabinet Wednesday approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) with an outlay of Rs 5,142.08 crore to set up 300 rural clusters across the country by 2019-20.

“The mission aims at development of rural growth clusters which have latent potential for growth, in all states and UTs, which would trigger overall development in the region. These clusters would be developed by provisioning of economic activities, developing skills and local entrepreneurship, and providing infrastructure amenities… (it) will thus develop a cluster of smart villages,” said the government.

Asked how SPMRM would be different from PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said, “PURA was limited to private sector. There was no government participation in it. That is why it failed. A need was felt to initiate the scheme in a new format.”

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Under the plan, the state governments will identify the clusters in accordance with the framework for implementation prepared by the Ministry of Rural Development. The clusters will be geographically contiguous gram panchayats with a population of 25,000-50,000 in the plains and coastal areas, and a population of 5,000-15,000 in the desert, hilly or tribal areas. There will be a separate approach for selection of clusters in tribal and non-tribal districts.

To ensure development, 14 components have been suggested. These include skill development training, agro processing/ agri services/ storage, digital literacy, sanitation, piped water supply, solid and liquid waste management, village streets and drains, street lights, mobile health unit, upgrading school, inter-village road connectivity, citizen service centres for electronic delivery of citizen centric services/ e-gram connectivity, public transport and LPG gas connections.

NREGA: 50 extra days in drought-hit areas

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval to provide an additional 50 days of unskilled manual work, besides the 100 days assured to job card holders under the MGNREGA in rural areas where drought or natural calamities have been notified. “This will enable states to provide additional wage jobs to the poor in drought-hit areas… it will help in immediate absorption of rural seasonal unemployment,” said the government.

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    SIYA RAM
    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    Present Govt. is doing wonderful jobs in every field. May god all leaders doing well live long!...... PM Sh. Narender Modi G has proved that he is positive personality. Narrow minded people are trying to let him but is only one...awesome. I pray to God that always we should such PM for our country. Really he is having all round performance as EXCELLENT, SUPERB. Jaihind
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      Bhagat Singh
      Dec 6, 2015 at 5:09 am
      My life target 🎯 is. My village would be world's no 1 Village. Please help. How can I do?
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        SIYA RAM
        Sep 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm
        Sir, First of all, we have to assemble our villagers for our motives. Explain the motive in detail....make a strong group of literate people, ex-servicemen etc., assign the tasks to every member according to his skills and than see the performance and quality of our jobs done. There are several plans/ projects of our Govt. but some limited people are aware. Let our villagers know about facts....money given by Govt. is ours...hence utilise it carefully. Keep a watch on corrupt people. Then see the result...it will be excellent.....our villages shall be like cities. Jaihind GOD Bless you.....
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        Bishnu Pd
        Sep 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm
        I want to include my village Menglee, Under Yangang block of South District Sikkim State. and I want know the procedure for inclusion of Menglee village under smart village scheme govt of india Thank you.
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          dr.sanjay mokashi
          Sep 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm
          I want to my village as smart and sam Rudham village please give suggestions and help (katphal - Baramati - pune-maharastra )
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            SIYA RAM
            Sep 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm
            First of all, we have to assemble our villagers for our motives. Explain the motive in detail....make a strong group of literate people, ex-servicemen etc., assign the tasks to every member according to his skills and than see the performance and quality of our jobs done. There are several plans/ projects of our Govt. but some limited people are aware. Let our villagers know about facts....money given by Govt. is ours...hence utilise it carefully. Keep a watch on corrupt people. Then see the result...it will be excellent.....our villages shall be like cities. Jaihind GOD Bless you.....
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            dr.sanjay mokashi
            Sep 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm
            I want to my village as smart and sam rude village please give suggestions and help (katphal -Baramati -pune-maharastra)
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