Smart villages, not smart cities are need of the hour, Tarun Gogoi tells PM Narendra Modi

Gogoi recalled former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s concept of ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA) and asked the Centre to take that concept up on a mission mode.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: August 2, 2015 4:30 pm
assam, taurn gogoi, tarun gogoi narendra modi, gogoi modi, modi smart cities, india smart cities, assam news, northeast news, india news, guwahati news FILE photo | PM Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi at a meeting in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said recasting the rural landscape of the country was the need of the hour as India lives in rural areas, and Smart Villages would be more pertinent than Smart Cities as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gogoi, in a statement issued by his office, said the Modi-led NDA government at the Centre should give special emphasis on the rural areas by going in for Smart Villages in a big way than focusing on Smart Cities.

“I am more in favour of developing Smart Villages in which villagers can avail the urban amenities without moving to the cities. The country can make faster progress and prosperity if Smart Villages come up in a big way. It’s the most effective way to bridge the rural-urban divide,” Gogoi said.

He also recalled former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s concept of ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA) and asked the Centre to take that concept up on a mission mode.

The Assam chief minister also suggested that the central government should earmark Rs 5 lakh crore for implementing the Smart Villages concept across the country as envisioned by former President Kalam. In this context he asked the Centre to earmark a sum of Rs 25,000 crore for Assam in order to develop Smart Villages, against which the state government would come up with a comprehensive scheme with a matching share of 50 per cent.

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  1. Ajoy Dutta
    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm
    My one of colleagues live at haldia westbengal(big entertainment place oncourse indistrial area) provakar please write somting!
    1. R
      Aug 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm
      Finally I see one of them coming out with the reality. Rural India is the real India. Urbanizing cities will stagnate progress . Development should be from the rural India as the villages are core of Indian economy. Schools, Hospitals, and other educational insutions and proper infrastructures would be straightening up the back bone of India. Developing villages and rural India will be an ideal solution to bring the deprived , exploited and those considered in the lowest strata of society to rise and be partners in a developing India. Education will uplift them to rid off tier inferior status to live in a larger India and enjoy the fruits. Development should start from the villages and rural India and extend to the heart of the cities.
      1. V
        Aug 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm
        Who prevented Gogoi and implement to do so during their rule? Unfortunately they were so busy looting and supporting terrorsis that these thoughts didnt cross their mind. Now suddenly they have started singing the same old song villages poor minorities.
        1. Dipanjoy Seal
          Aug 3, 2015 at 11:56 am
          ha ha ha so that no one questions on how much development has happened and he can easily make more money out of it...
          1. B
            Aug 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm
            Smart cities and smart villages are not contradictory. They are supportive to each other. Note, more and more people becoming city dwellers. Shri Gogoi himself live in a city. Now, how many smart villages Shri Gogoi developed in am?
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