US based NRIs to adopt 500 villages in India

A formal announcement in this regard would be made during the Big Ideas for Better India conference in Silicon Valley on July 1 which will be addressed by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. These 500 villages have been selected based on the highest farmers suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need immediate support, said OVBI president Satej Chaudhary

By: PTI | Washington | Published:June 6, 2017 8:06 am
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Non-resident Indians (NRIs) living in the US will adopt 500 villages in India as part of their effort to develop the rural areas of the county. A formal announcement in this regard would be made during the Big Ideas for Better India conference in Silicon Valley on July 1.

Organised by the Overseas Volunteer for Better India (OVBI), spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will give keynote address at the event which is expected to be attended by over 1,000 influential NRI leaders, a statement said Monday. These 500 villages have been selected based on the highest farmers suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need immediate support, said OVBI president Satej Chaudhary.

“We are bringing together geoscientists, agricultural experts and entrepreneurs to help double the income of farmers by 2022,” he said. The event will address the most challenging problems being faced by India in agriculture, governance and human trafficking. Last year OVBI had organised a water summit and successfully connected many specialists from USA with the Art of Living ground team working on the river rejuvenation projects.

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    Sreekumar Raj
    Jun 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    This is by far the best news I've read regarding the plight of the poor farming community in rural India. They are really leading a hopeless life fighting corrupt companies supplying them sub-standard seeds and fertilizers, inept governance by state and center as well as natural calamities and forces of nature. It is a really thoughtful and innovative step taken by the NRI's in USA. My congratulations and gra ude to them.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Jun 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm
      There is no shortages of fools in India. Look for one and you will find millions.
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        Kamaal bhasha...
        Jun 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm
        Yes...either you or fools...ha ha
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