Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today formally announced that the state government has taken a decision to develop Smart Villages as per the criteria of Smart Cities. CM Anandiben was attending the state level celebration function organized in Chhota Udaipur district to mark 57th foundation day of Gujarat state. She said that as the smart cities mission is there to develop the cities, the state government has decided to transform 300 villages. The project would help villages to become self-reliant, clean and hygienic.
The Central government had last year announced its ambitious project to develop 100 smart cities including six cities of Gujarat under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT. Two cities of Gujarat; Surat and Ahmedabad were named among first 20 cities announced in January this year to be developed as smart cities by the government. The Union Ministry of Urban Development would overlook the smart cities project in collaboration with the respective state governments.
Gujarat government would provide financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to each village in first year, followed by Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh in two successive years. These 300 villages would be selected by an expert committee. The government will also conduct a survey after 3 years in these villages to check the development process.
Survey will be conducted after 3 years on various parameters like whether the village has achieved 100% school admission, which are the villages that have witnessed zero FIR, villages that have achieved 100% successful deliveries, plantation of 500 trees, pure drink water up to home etc
Gujarat government had also taken up the concerns of farmers and announced several plans including financial assistance to the needy. Reiterating the works of her government, CM Patel said that the government has reserved 33 percent jobs for women and would provide jobs to 22 thousand women this year. A whooping amount of Rs 27,000 crore was also set aside in the financial budget for farmers, agriculture and allied sectors. She said, “The government has allotted Rs 9,500 crore for drinking and irrigation water, Rs 5,200 crore for filling up dams in Saurashtra, Rs 765 crore for drip irrigation in 3 lakh hectares and Rs 495 crore for the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme.”
Apart from other beneficiary schemes, the government would also spend Rs 126 crore for seeds, fertilizers and farm implements, Rs 120 crore to buy tractor-trailers and to provide loan to farmers for buying cattle at 5 percent, she added in her address to the gathering.